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Coronavirus possibly makes its way into Indiana

Someone possibly infected with coronavirus may have brought the disease into Indiana.

Posted: Jan 29, 2020 5:16 AM
Updated: Jan 29, 2020 9:38 AM

PORTER COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Someone possibly infected with coronavirus may have brought the disease into Indiana.

Wednesday night, the Porter County Health Department reported someone traveling through their county was possibly infected. Porter County is about 75 miles north of Lafayette.

It's not yet confirmed if the person has coronavirus, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is taking every precaution they can at the moment.

Out of an abundance of caution, the person is in quarantine right now as health officials run tests to find out if they are infected with the viral outbreak.

In the meantime, the CDC is recommending people in the state continue to wash their hands and avoid contact with sick people.

Five U.S. cases have been confirmed in Illinois, Washington, California and Arizona. Two students at Miami University in Ohio are also getting tested.

According to Purdue University officials, 135 students call Wuhan, China home. That's the place the virus originated. There are currently no reports of coronavirus on campus. 

The coronavirus causes severe respiratory infection with symptoms of fever, cough and difficulty breathing. 

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