U.S Reports First Case Person-to-Person Transmission of New Coronavirus
Health officials in the U.S reports Thursday the first case of the person-to-person spread of the new coronavirus from Wuhan, China.
The new patient is the spouse of a Chicago woman who carried the infection back from Wuhan, China, the US Centers for Disease Control said on Thursday, as BBC News reported. There have been cases reported of the infectious virus spreading to others in a household or workplace in China and elsewhere.
The discovery marks the second report of the virus in Illinois and the sixth confirmed case in the US, the latest patient had not been in China. The other five were travelers who developed the illness after returning to the U.S. from China.
Chicago health officials said the new patient, a 60-year-old male, had “some underlying medical conditions” but was in good condition. His wife, who he apparently contracted the virus from, was also stable but remained in isolation at a local hospital, officials said.
She had been caring for her father in Wuhan, China, earlier this month. The Chicago woman returned from central China on Jan. 13, then last week went to a hospital with symptoms and was diagnosed with viral illness.
Health officials are also monitoring 165 patients across the US for possible infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Illinois health officials said that health workers and people who have been in contact with the latest patient are being monitored for symptoms.
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