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First Case of Mysterious Coronavirus Identified in the U.S.

First Case of Mysterious Coronavirus Identified in the U.S.

Created: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 14:11
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Pandemics

A person in Washington State is infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, the first confirmed case in the U.S. of a mysterious respiratory infection that has killed at least six people and sickened hundreds more in Asia. The outbreak of the virus began in Wuhan, China, a city of about 11 million people. Nearly 300 cases have been reported to date in the country, including in other large Chinese cities like Beijing and Shanghai. Cases have also been confirmed in Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, and South Korea. Many of the patients lived in or traveled to Wuhan, as is the case with the U.S. patient who began experiencing symptoms after returning from a trip to the region around the city. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to confirm the case in an announcement later today. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) will meet tomorrow to decide whether to declare the outbreak an international public health emergency. For now, there is little information about the new virus and it’s unclear who may be at risk. Read the articles at The New York Times and CNN.