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2nd Indiana Resident Tests Positive For Coronavirus After Attending Biogen Meeting

A member of Tufts medical staff removes protective gloves without touching their exterior surface. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
A member of Tufts medical staff removes protective gloves without touching their exterior surface. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

A second person in Indiana has tested positive for coronavirus after traveling to Boston to attend a Biogen leadership conference, state officials said Sunday, adding to the total number of attendees who now have the virus.

The adult, who lives in Hendricks County, Ind., attended a meeting for Biogen last month and "developed mild flu-like symptoms" days later, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

The person is in isolation and not being hospitalized.

"With the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the United States and the fact that we are a mobile society, this new case isn't surprising, but we know it causes concern in the community," State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said in a statement.

He urged the state's residents to take "common-sense precautions" and educate themselves.

Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 100,000 people and killed more than 3,400, the vast majority of them in China. Most cases have been mild, and more than half of those infected have recovered.

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