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Sat Jun 27, 2020, 04:33 AM

Contact tracing helped control outbreak for UT students on Cabo spring break trip, CDC report finds

Rapid contact tracing and testing of all exposed people by UT Health Austin helped control the COVID-19 outbreak among a group of UT students who traveled to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, during spring break, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Wednesday.

A coordinated response with contact tracing and testing of all contacts, including those who are asymptomatic, is important in controlling future COVID-19 outbreaks that might occur as schools and universities consider reopening, the CDC report said.

On March 27, one symptomatic student who traveled with the group from March 14-19 tested positive for coronavirus. On March 28, two more students on the same trip tested positive, which alerted the COVID-19 Center at UT Health Austin to initiate an outbreak investigation that day, according to the report.

UT Health Austin conducted contact tracing and linked the outbreak to the spring break trip. In the investigation, they tested 231 people for COVID-19, and 28% tested positive, according to the report.

Read more: https://thedailytexan.com/2020/06/24/contact-tracing-helped-control-outbreak-for-ut-students-on-cabo-spring-break-trip-cdc

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