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Wuhan coronavirus: 4 passengers from New Jersey cruise ship being evaluated

Christian Fernsby |
Four passengers were taken to a hospital today after their cruise ship arrived in New Jersey for evaluation for Wuhan coronavirus.

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The Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas docked in Bayonne, N.J. with a number of passengers who were quarantined due to coronavirus concerns.

Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement that personnel with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention boarded the ship and screened 27 passengers who had recently traveled from mainland China. Murphy said 23 were cleared and four were being evaluated at University Hospital in Newark.

The CDC said two of those hospitalized had traveled to China recently and were displaying respiratory symptoms. The other two are members of the same family who aren't ill but are being evaluated as a precaution.

The rest of the passengers were screened as a precaution as they disembarked the ship.

"The hospital is following proper infection control protocols while evaluating these individuals," Murphy said in a statement. "New Jersey currently has no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus, and the risk to residents remains low.

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