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University Physician addresses China coronavirus outbreak

January 24, 2020
<p>A student walks into Olin Health Center on Oct. 23, 2017.</p>

A student walks into Olin Health Center on Oct. 23, 2017.

Photo by Anntaninna Biondo | The State News

Michigan State University Physician David Weismantel issued a statement Friday about the recent outbreak of coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China. 

While MSU leaders have recognized the concern, the risks of being exposed to this virus at MSU are unlikely, Daniel Olsen, MSU deputy spokesperson, said.

"At this time, there are no changes to any MSU programs, and there are currently no programs or personnel with registered travel in the affected region in China," Olsen said via email. "The University Physician and the Office of International Health and Safety will continue to monitor the situation with guidance from the CDC and the World Health Organization as it relates to protecting our Spartan community."

This comes after several reports of sick students at the beginning of the Spring semester.

"Out of an abundance of caution, Michigan State University is actively monitoring the developments of the coronavirus to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff," Olsen said.

The Office of International Health and Safety and the university physician are closely monitoring the situation and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, which issued a level 3 alert

The CDC is advising people to avoid nonessential travel to the affected region of China until further notice. 

Symptoms of coronavirus are similar to those of a typical upper respiratory infection, including runny nose, sore throat, coughing and fever. 

If you have questions or concerns regarding travel in China you can contact the MSU Travel Clinic.

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