Second Case of Coronavirus Confirmed in Chicago – U.S. A patient in Chicago became the second confirmed case of 2019 novel coronavirus in the United States; this was announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday.
Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters on a conference call that the agency was monitoring 63 other potential cases in 22 different states. “CDC believes the immediate risk to the U.S. public is low at this time, but the situation is evolving rapidly,” Messonnier said.
New case history
The new patient is a woman in her 60s who had traveled to Wuhan, China—the epicenter of the deadly virus, which has killed at least 26 people and infected more than 900 globally—in late December. The woman flew back to Chicago on Jan. 13 and, after exhibiting symptoms, contacted her doctor. The patient was admitted to a hospital, where infection control measures were taken to reduce the risk of transmission to other individuals. The patient remains hospitalized in an isolation room in stable condition and is doing well.”
The CDC has seen the likelihood that more cases will reported in the U.S. in the coming days and weeks.
Despite the virus’s global spread, mounting death toll, and the dozens of possible cases being monitored by the CDC nationwide, Hyzler said Americans were still at relatively low risk of infection.
“America is prepared for this new respiratory virus,” Hyzler told The Beast. “The U.S. has implemented temperature screening at key entry points to the country, has good access to testing facilities, and [has] the capacity to quarantine the inevitable flow of cases.”
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