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This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Chicago is among five U.S. cities that will test patients who exhibit flu-like symptoms for the novel coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood has been struggling economically since the virus started making headlines. (WTTW News)

At a press conference Thursday in Chinatown, state and local health officials sought to reassure the public that the risk of contracting the deadly virus is low, and that Chicagoans should go about their daily lives.

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Flushing unused or expired prescription drugs down the toilet is “neither safe nor responsible,” says one local official. A new bill would establish convenient statewide locations for their collection instead.

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This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The disease caused by a new virus that emerged late last year in China and has since sickened tens of thousands of people now has an official name: COVID-19.

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A woman puts on a mask near a notice board that reads “Bans on wild animals trading following the coronavirus outbreak” at a cafe in Beijing, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo / Andy Wong)

China reported a rise in new virus cases Monday, denting optimism that disease control measures including isolating major cities might be working, while the operator of a cruise ship in Japan reported dozens of new cases.

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A traffic policeman adjusts his mask on a street in Beijing, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. (AP Photo / Andy Wong)

China’s virus death toll rose by 89 on Sunday to 811, passing the number of fatalities in the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic, but fewer new cases were reported in a possible sign its spread may be slowing.

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Taking a break from alcohol after the holidays has become known as the “dry January” trend. But now that January is over, some people are extending their sobriety, trying out a social life that’s not dependent on alcohol.

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In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, a poster warning about coronavirus is seen as passengers wear masks in a departure lobby at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea. (AP Photo / Ahn Young-joon, File)

Health authorities are preparing for a possible pandemic as they work to contain a respiratory illness in China that’s caused by a new virus. Here’s what you should know about the illness.

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A pedestrian wears a protective mask in Alhambra, Calif., Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (AP Photo / Damian Dovarganes)

Under the new rules, U.S. citizens who have traveled in China within the last 14 days will be re-routed to designated airports, where they will undergo enhanced health screening procedures, including Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

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In this Jan. 10, 2020 image from video, 18-year-old Nina Nichols prepares to take her dose of Palforzia in her home in Washington. On Friday, Jan. 30, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration approved Palforzia, the first treatment for peanut allergies in a big step toward better care for all kinds of food allergies -- but still a long way from a cure. (AP Photo / Federica Narancio)

The first treatment for peanut allergies is about to hit the market, a big step toward better care for all kinds of food allergies – but still a long way from a cure.

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This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Evacuees from Wuhan, China, will spend two weeks at a military base in Riverside, California, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The risk to the American public remains low, officials said Friday.

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While no infant fatalities or injuries have so far been reported, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately. 

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This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The announcement from local health officials came just hours before the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency.

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Super Bowl Sunday is a massive day for sports fans – and high-calorie foods. Get tips for trimming the fat off some game-day favorites without punting on flavor.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks at a news conference about the federal government’s response to a virus outbreak originating in China, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

U.S. health officials are expanding their checks of international travelers for signs of a worrisome new virus from China, even as they say the risk to Americans so far is very low.

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Dr. Ngozi Ezike, left, and Karla Satchell appear on “Chicago Tonight” on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (WTTW News)

There’s now one confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in Illinois. Health officials say the risk to the general public in the U.S. is low. But what’s being done to fight the virus?

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