Local doctors address risk factors of coronavirus

At least 17 people have died from the illness worldwide

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Chinese health officials are racing to contain a mysterious illness that has killed at least 17 people.

The coronavirus has infected nearly 600 people in at least six countries, including the U.S.

A second possible case was reported overnight in Los Angeles and a third possible case in Texas.

In Washington state, the nation’s first infected patient is recovering.

Health officials say he’s in good condition but concerned about his contact with others.

While symptoms can be similar to the flu, there are are lot of things that are factors in the spread of the virus.

“Not only having those symptoms important, it’s also important where have these patients been in the last couple of weeks or month or so,” said Dr. Daniel Desimone with Mayo Clinic Health System.

The World Health Organization said this afternoon that they are not declaring a global emergency over the outbreak.