A CHICAGO woman in her 60s is the SECOND confirmed case of the deadly coronavirus case in the US as 63 others are checked.
The woman traveled to the affected region of Wuhan, China, back in December as over 60 people in 22 states are being evaluated here.
Passengers arriving at Los Angeles airport wearing masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus
These included fever, cough, shortness of breath, say health professionals – but the patient did not exhibit symptoms when she traveled.
According to Illinois health officials, she was hospitalized and it’s believed she only had contact with people she lived with.
She had “very limited movement outside her home” and didn’t attend a lot of public events before falling ill.
NBC Chicago reported the woman had been caring for her elderly dad who was sick during her travels to China.
The woman is said to be in a stable condition and is being kept in isolation to ensure the virus is contained.
Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases confirmed the news at a Friday press conference.
Messonnier said: “We understand that some people are worried about this virus and how it may impact Americans,”
“The immediate risk to the U.S. public is low at this time,” Messonnier said amid widespread panic about the disease.
Chicago’s Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady praised health professionals for lessening contagion.
“The airport screening is only one piece of the public health plan,” Arwady told the reporters in attendance this morning.
“The CDC does not believe that in the time before symptoms develop, patients are contagious.”
She said people with travel histories raises awareness and would encourage them to get care if they exhibit symptoms.
The immediate risk to the U.S. public is low at this time.
Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Three people are still waiting on test results in New York after one person tested negative, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office.
Cuomo’s statement read: “The State Department of Health currently has four persons under investigation for novel coronavirus that are under isolation as their cases are being tested at the CDC.
“So far, one of these cases has been proven negative and three are still pending.
“While the risk for New York is currently low, the Governor is calling for increased vigilance to ensure New Yorkers are protected.”
Two suspected cases in Minnesota have also been reported to the CDC, according to the Star Tribune.
“We consider any new infectious disease a serious concern and we are taking precautions,” the state Health Department said today.
Authorities in North Carolina also confirmed they are investigating a possible case of infection there.
The patient traveled to China, passing through Wuhan City – but they didn’t eat at the seafood and animal market.
The person arrived at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on January 23 presenting with mild respiratory symptoms.
They are now being monitored at Duke University Hospital.
They didn’t have contact with anyone after getting off the plane and wore a mask, authorities said.
“We are conducting testing out of an abundance of caution,” said Dr. Zack Moore, State Epidemiologist.
“If you haven’t traveled to Wuhan in the past two weeks, your risk of infection with this virus is very low.”
Currently there are 63 people around the country who are being looked at to see if they have the dreaded virus.
Eleven of these cases have tested negative but came back as positive for coronavirus.
These suspected cases include one student at Texas A&M University, who had traveled from Wuhan and another at Tennessee Tech University.
A whopping 43 people came into contact with the first confirmed US patient quarantined in Washington state.
The CDC in Atlanta is testing samples but experts are trying to to get those tests to states to expedite the process.
As a result of the deadly outbreak, 897 people people have fallen ill since December, the majority being in China.
Today, 26 people have died as a result of corona virus.
The news comes after passengers in Texas and Los Angeles were treated after showing “disturbing” symptoms consistent with the outbreak.
A passenger arriving into Los Angeles International Airport from Mexico City was hospitalized and quarantined.
A person in Texas who recently traveled to the virus’ “ground zero” of Wuhan, China is being isolated at home.
The Texas patient was undergoing tests and the results would be announced to the public, Officials at the Brazos County Health District said Thursday, according to Click2Houston.
Neither the person in Texas nor the passenger who arrived at LAX on American Airlines flight 2546 on Wednesday evening have been identified.
The LAX passenger was intercepted by Los Angeles firefighters and police and taken immediately to a local hospital, where officials conducted a “decontamination process”.
The development comes just one day after Los Angeles County public health officials warned it was “very possible” that the area would see at least one coronavirus case given the number of people traveling between Southern California and China.
LAX is among three US airports that began screening passengers entering the US from Wuhan, China, where more than a dozen deaths have been reported and thousands of others may have been infected.
The first US case of coronavirus – which has sickened more than 800 globally – was confirmed on Tuesday.
The Washington patient in his 30s is currently being treated by a robot in a guarded bio-containment room at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.
Doctors are monitoring 16 people he came into contact with in the US during the five days before he was diagnosed.
The patient is a US resident screened on 17 January who traveled to the region but not visit the meat and fish markets where authorities believe are the source of the virus.
Los Angeles Department of Public Health officials previously warned the county could see a possible coronavirus patient due to an increase travelers from China amid Lunar New Year celebrations.
What we know so far about the coronavirus outbreak
- A 60-year-old woman who visited Wuhan in December was diagnosed with the virus
- A 30-year-old man who visited his native Wuhan the first identified case in the US
- 16 people who came into close contact with him are under observations
- Airports with direct flights from Wuhan to the US are screening passengers
- 17 people have died and over 800 have been infected by the virus
- Wuhan is in lock down with all public transportation inside the city and to outside banned
- Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Macau all have cases
John Wiesman, secretary of health for Washington State said none of the people who were in close contact with the patient have displayed symptoms of the flu-like illness.
But he added: “I would expect at some point we’re going to have more cases in the US.”
Wiesman explained that people had to be within six feet of a person with the virus for a prolonged period to be deemed to have been in close contact.
“We don’t believe you are infectious until you have symptoms,” he said.
The infected man is thought to have sought medical advice after learning about the virus in the media and recognizing the symptoms.
Officials confirmed he had not travelled to the fish market in the Wuhan region, which is where the virus is thought to have originated.
Four people who flew into London from Wuhan could be Britain’s first coronavirus victims have been taken to hospital with flu-like symptoms.
Wuhan and two other cities, Huuanggang and Ezhou, with a combined population equivalent to New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are in lockdown.
US diplomats and their families are also being pulled from the consulate general in Wuhan, the Hubei city of 11 million, reports ABC News.
A new travel advisory was issued yesterday declaring the Hubei region Level 4, Do Not Travel.
The Sun reported over the weekend airports in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco will begin screening passengers arriving from Wuhan for the illness.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and O’Hare International Airport in Chicago will also carry out checks.
Donald Trump said America has the deadly coronavirus “totally under control”.
Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, President Trump said “we do have a plan”.
“We’ve already handled it very well,” he added.
“We’re in very good shape and I think China is in very good shape also.”
The CDC added that they expect more confirmed cases in the coming days after the first patient was diagnosed.
Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease said older people across the US could be at risk of the disease, and added that officials are prepared to respond quickly.
She added: “This is an evolving situation and, again, we do expect additional cases in the United States and globally”.
Chinese officials faced a race against time to contain the deadly new virus, which has flu-like symptoms.
The outbreak has caused havoc as thousands prepare to travel for the Chinese Lunar New Year.
WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?
Coronavirus is an airborne virus, spread in a similar way to colds and the flu.
The virus attacks the respiratory system, causing lung lesions.
Symptoms include a runny nose, headache, cough and fever, shortness of breath, chills and body aches.
It is incredibly contagious and is spread through contact with anything the virus is on as well as infected breath, coughs or sneezes.
In 2003 an outbreak of a similar virus, SARS, killed more than 900 around the world within weeks.
The virus may have already spread to Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan.
Wuhan itself has the feel of a ghost town as the authorities banned all travel on public transport in and out of the city and inside it.
Normally bustling streets, shopping malls, restaurants and other public spaces in the city of 11 million people were eerily quiet
In the wake of the outbreak Asian stocks dropped sharply, while European markets also stumbled.
There are concerns that the new coronavirus spreading in the world’s second-largest economy could hurt tourism and ultimately economic growth and corporate profits.
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Dr Peter Hotez, a vaccine scientist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, said a team of scientists in Texas, New York and China, are also working on a vaccine and are optimistic of success.
“The lesson we’ve learned is coronavirus infections are serious and one of the newest and biggest global health threats,” he said.
“Every virus has its challenges, but coronaviruses can be a relatively straightforward vaccine target.”
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