COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - The Brazos County Health District announced Thursday it's investigating a possible case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in a Texas A&M University student.
The unidentified patient recently traveled from Wuhan, China, where the current coronavirus outbreak originated, back to Brazos County but authorities have declined to provide a specific timeline for his travels.
Dr. Eric Wilke of the Brazos County Health Authority said in a news conference the middle-aged man went to a local hospital on Wednesday evening after he developed mild symptoms.
Authorities said the patient was self-isolating at his home and is "doing well" but did not say where he lives or if he's got family, kids or roommates, citing privacy concerns.
Local health officials would not say which hospital the patient went to but said they don’t believe anyone there in the emergency room was exposed.
Samples taken by local doctors have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta for testing and results are expected this weekend or early Monday.
Click here to watch Thursday's news conference at the Brazos County Health District in Bryan.
If the preliminary diagnosis is confirmed, health officials will begin a contact tracing process to identify the people with whom the student may have come in contact during a 14-day period.
Dr. Wilke said the Health District was operating under the assumption the student attended classes Wednesday but added Texas A&M University has been deemed a low risk for coronavirus.
Students who have questions or concerns can contact A&M’s Student Health Services at email@example.com or its Facebook page.
The coronavirus sickened hundreds of people in Wuhan, China before spreading to other Asian cities. The only other known U.S. case is in Washington state where a man was diagnosed after returning from a trip to Wuhan.
A possible case was also reported Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
China's National Health Commission confirms 830 cases of new respiratory virus, 25 deaths.
The virus can cause flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, and sore throat.
You can click here for more information about the virus from the CDC.
The general public is encouraged to practice general preventive actions:
Everyone 6 months and older is encouraged to get a flu shot.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.