University of Wisconsin monitoring growing concerns for coronavirus, no confirmed cases on campus

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MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin is monitoring a growing concern for coronavirus across the U.S. but has no confirmed cases as of Friday morning.

Spokesperson Meredith McGlone said in an email the university is communicating with UW Health to stay alert on the topic but reiterated there are no confirmed cases in Wisconsin as of Friday morning.

“UW–Madison is well-prepared for public health concerns such as this and is working closely with UW Health and our community, state and federal public health partners,” McGlone said in the email.

McGlone added the Centers for Disease Control does not recommend monitoring non-symptomatic people for the virus.

Meanwhile, UW Health will begin asking patients in its emergency and urgent care departments about their travel history to check for exposure to coronavirus.

UW-Platteville students are also being monitored after a trip to Wuhan, China, where the virus originated. Two of those students were from Wuhan. As of Friday morning, two cases nationwide had been confirmed.

Coronavirus has killed at least 26 people in China. The country has at least 10 cities on lockdown to try to stop the spread of the illness. Symptoms include a runny nose, headache, cough and fever