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Potential case of coronavirus in San Diego County

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Posted at 6:02 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 14:18:29-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- County health officials are awaiting results of potentially the region's first case of coronavirus, County Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said Monday.

"We've already been contacting investigations," she said. "We would really hone in on where has that person traveled in in San Diego, we know they have traveled from Wuhan on their way here."

This new strain of the coronavirus originated in China's Wuhan province about a month ago. The virus often presents as a cough, fever and difficulty breathing. For some, it can lead to pneumonia. Wooten noted that the coronavirus family often presents as the common cold.

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In China, 80 people have died. In the U.S., the CDC has confirmed five cases, including one in Orange County. The CDC has so far tested 110 people.

Wooten said people should practice good hygiene habits, including washing their hands.

She said that people who have not traveled to China recently or come in contact with anyone who has are at low risk.

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The county should get the results Tuesday.