Texas A&M Student Treated For Possible Coronavirus

Kelli Wiese
January 23, 2020 - 1:49 pm
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By Steven Pickering and Kelli Wiese 

DALLAS (KRLD) - The Brazos County Health District is investigating what may be a case of the coronavirus, and the person who may be infected is a student at Texas A&M University. 

"The patient is being monitored. Fortunately, his symptoms are not severe and he is doing well," said Dr. Eric Wilke with the Brazos County Health District. 

The student had recently been to Wuhan, China, and reported to a local emergency room in the Bryan-College Station area when he began exhibiting symptoms. Doctors and nurses there were aware of the CDC's guidance on the coronavirus and recognized that he met the criteria for further testing. He is being kept isolated at home while samples are delivered to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

"Once they receive the sample, it's usually returned in 24 hours," Dr. Wilke said. "If there is a confirmed case, contact tracing will begin and all contacts will be monitored for development of symptoms."

Officials say the immediate health risk to the Texas A&M campus is low but students who have questions or concerns can contact the university's student health services here or on its Facebook page. 

The virus can cause flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, and sore throat.

The Brazos County Health District says 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.