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Health officials in the United States will begin testing some people with flulike symptoms for infection with the coronavirus.
Patients in five cities will be tested if their flu tests are negative, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said at a news briefing on Friday.
Health officials will use a nationwide surveillance network already set up to track influenza, she said. The five cities are Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Seattle.
“We need to be prepared for the possibility it will spread,” Dr. Messonnier said.