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In N.H., 2 People Are Being Tested For Suspected Coronavirus, State Health Officials Say

Two people in New Hampshire are being tested for suspected cases of coronavirus, state public health officials announced Monday afternoon.

The two individuals undergoing tests in New Hampshire had recently visited Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the infectious disease outbreak where travel restrictions are now in place to contain the virus. Both people will be isolated, officials with New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services said, until test results become available.

China has reported close to 3,000 cases of the virus that has killed at least 80 people.

As of Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control had "confirmed five cases of novel coronavirus in the U.S. from four states and is testing more than 100 additional individuals across the U.S.," N.H. DHHS officials said in a statement. Despite the tests, the CDC has said that the risk to U.S. residents remains low.

Dr. Larry Madoff, medical director for the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, told WBUR Monday afternoon that there are no confirmed cases of "novel coronavirus" in Massachusetts at this time.

Madoff would not say if anyone in the state had been tested for it.

"We are following CDC guidance and if there are confirmed cases we will let people know immediately," he said.

This story is developing.

With reporting from WBUR's Dan Guzman

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