Officials Confirm First Case of Coronavirus in U.S.

By Anna Breuer on 21 January 2020
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Worker wearing mask in open market in China

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday a man in Washington State is the first confirmed case of the mysterious coronavirus in the United States. The illness began appearing in Wuhan, China, last month and has killed at least six people, sickening hundreds more.

The patient, officials said, is in stable condition.  He arrived in the United States last week, before health officials implemented screening travelers arriving from Wuhan.

Three airports in the United States currently screen travelers arriving from China for the virus that is now spreading throughout Asia.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China,” the agency said last week in announcing the move.

The outbreak may have zoonotic origins as it has been traced to a large seafood market in Wuhan.

“We are concerned any time there is a new virus or a new pathogen emerging in a population that hasn’t seen it before, said Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, adding that, because it is new, the population doesn’t have any existing immunity and we don’t have any specific treatment or vaccines.”

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