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CDC Confirms First Case of Deadly New Coronavirus in the US, Expects More to Come

Five major U.S. airports are now being screened.



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(TMU) — The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced the first case of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus in the United States. The mysterious illness already has sickened hundreds of people and killed six in China.

According to CNN, a man in Washington state has been isolated at the Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington “out of caution.” Officials say the healthy man in his 30s “poses little risk” to the public. The CDC noted that the patient is currently in good condition but being monitored for additional symptoms. It is unclear if the man transmitted the virus to anyone else in the United States. Reports suggest the man had recently traveled from Wuhan to the U.S. and reached out to health officials on January 15 after experiencing pneumonia-like symptoms.

Initial symptoms of the virus include—fever, cough, tightness of the chest, and shortness of breath. However, some infected individuals have reported sporadic symptoms.

Prior to the incident, the CDC had recently expressed that the probability of the virus spreading to the U.S. was “low.” However, “proactive preparedness precautions” were underway.

The outbreak has been reported in five countries in addition to China—Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and now the United States.

According to an earlier report from TMU, over 200 cases and four deaths had been attributed to illness as of last night. Health officials have now confirmed over 300 known cases including six dead.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for an emergency committee meeting to determine whether an international health emergency should be issued.
On a conference call, the CDC confirmed it expects more U.S. cases to come.

The WHO stated on Twitter in an informational thread:

An animal source seems the most likely primary source of this novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, with some limited human-to-human transmission occurring between close contacts.”
The first known cases late last month were connected to a seafood market. Transmission was thought to be occurring from animals to humans. However, TMU reported just last night that the virus is now spreading from human to human contact—a phenomenon that has been confirmed after 14 medical workers treating those infected with the mystery coronavirus were diagnosed with pneumonia.

The rate of the outbreak has begun to worry experts. Observers are concerned the Chinese government may not be telling the full truth of the outbreak. Scientists with the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College in London are warning that the true number of those infected is likely far higher than what is officially being acknowledged.

Airports all over the world—including those in major U.S. cities like San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles—are proceeding with the screening of travelers from Wuhan as fears of a global pandemic have been raised. Today, the CDC has said it has added, two additional U.S. airports: Atlanta and Chicago O’Hare, NBC reported.

The CDC is sending 100 staffers to aid in screenings at major airports.

There have also been reports of domestic flights in Wuhan being scanned for the virus by medical personnel in hazmat suits according to video posted by Yahoo News.

The CDC’s recommended preventive measures include washing hands with soap and water; avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth; and keeping away from sick people. Seek immediate medical attention if you suspect you are infected with the Wuhan coronavirus.

By Aaron Kesel | Creative Commons |

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