Virus concerns disrupt Chinese student exchange in Virginia

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Pedestrians wear protective masks as they walk through a shopping district in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Japan’s government said Thursday a man treated for pneumonia after returning from China has tested positive for the new coronavirus identified as a possible cause of an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) – More than 20 Chinese exchange students who recently arrived in northern Virginia will be unable to visit their host school because of concerns over a disease outbreak.

Longfellow Middle School in Falls Church announced Wednesday that the students and chaperones from Hubei province won’t be visiting the school or staying with host families as originally planned.

Instead, the school will work with the students’ tour company to arrange other cultural and educational activities in the area. The changes came after Longfellow parents expressed concerns about the outbreak of a new virus in that part of China that has killed 17 people.

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