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Tucson implements health protocols for gem show amid virus

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Posted at 12:36 PM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 14:36:59-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - City officials in Tucson have discussed health protocols for an annual gem and mineral show in southern Arizona amid concerns about the spread of a deadly virus from China.

City officials say the Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase brings visitors, buyers and vendors from across the world, but it is unclear how many have recently traveled to China.

A city spokesman says visitors have no more reason to worry about the virus than they do the flu. Health officials urge people to cover their coughs, wash their hands and stay home from work and visit the doctor if feeling ill.

Symptoms include a runny nose and sore throat.