Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Wednesday that officials are investigating a potential case of coronavirus—the mysterious illness that has killed more than a dozen people in China—in the northern state of Tamaulipas, which is located along the U.S.-Mexico border near Texas.
“There is already identification of two cases, one already ruled out and one in Tamaulipas that is under observation,” he said in a press conference, according to El Universal.
He called on Mexican medical agencies in Mexico to be on high alert over possible coronavirus cases, including individuals showing signs of fever, respiratory issues, or having traveled to China.
“The coronavirus is being looked into. If we have more information we will release it later today,” he said, reported Bloomberg News.
Tamaulipas State Health Minister Gloria Molina said that the sickened man reported his situation to officials after feeling sick, according to Bloomberg News. He had traveled to Wuhan, China, in December and is now at home under supervision, she said.
Molina said the man had layovers in Tijuana, located on the U.S.-Mexico border, Bloomberg reported.