WASHINGTON — Federal health officials announced on Tuesday the first US case of the Chinese coronavirus outbreak that looks likely to spread worldwide.
“We have now confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus in the United States,” said the CDC’s Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
The patient, a man in his thirties from Snohomish County, Washington state, had his infection confirmed by a newly developed CDC genetic test. He sought medical care on his own and is in good condition at a hospital in Everett, Washington.
Messonnier confirmed that the coronavirus, which apparently sprang from animal to human infections and was traced to a seafood market in Wuhan, China, can also be transmitted from one person to another.
Since late December, the virus has sickened about 300 people in China and killed six. Cases have also been reported in Japan, Thailand, and South Korea. The virus causes pneumonia-like symptoms and appears to be most dangerous to elderly people or those with compromised immune systems.
Source: Buzzfeed News