Published: Sat, January 25, 2020
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Health officials confirm second U.S. case of Wuhan coronavirus

Health officials confirm second U.S. case of Wuhan coronavirus

Most of the people who have died had underlying health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes or cardiovascular disease that weakened their immune systems, he said. The results are in for 11 of them, and all have been negative.

"We are expecting more cases in the U.S., likely to see cases of human-to-human transmission", said Nancy Messonnier, MD, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

USA federal and local health authorities are monitoring more than 60 people as they attempt to catch new cases of coronavirus in travelers from China. In the time since her return she had contact only with people in her household, health authorities from IL said.

"This is a rapidly changing situation both overseas and nationally", she said.

The number of confirmed cases around the world climbed sharply to more than 850, with at least 26 deaths, all of them in China.

In Wuhan, soldiers and SWAT teams in face masks barricaded entrances to rail stations, as trains and planes out of the city were indefinitely suspended and subway and bus service halted.

There are no cases reported, or suspected in Canada at this point.

The CDC said, despite the Chinese travel bans, it will use enhanced surveillance in five United States airports that have heavy air travel to and from China: Los Angeles International, Chicago O'Hare, Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta, JFK in New York City, and San Francisco International.

In China, the government has stopped most of the travel to and from Wuhan as well as 12 other nearby cities, according to The New York Times. "If you haven't traveled to Wuhan in the past two weeks, your risk of infection with this virus is very low".

One indication of a virus' danger is how easily it spreads from person to person.

The coronavirus is a group of viruses that usually cause cold-like symptoms, but the infection gets down into the lungs, which can cause pneumonia or bronchitis. There are two ways this outbreak could pan out.

Despite concerns about its spread, members of the World Health Organization (WHO) decided it was too early to consider the outbreak a public health emergency in a meeting on Thursday. But it may yet become one.

Azar said the USA was using a "multi-level" approach to protect Americans including airport screenings. And neither would have been caught by the screening; both only began to feel ill after their return.

Although testing of samples collected from these travelers is ongoing, only one has been referred to a healthcare facility for further evaluation.

"We had just practiced for housing a patient with Ebola", Dr. George Diaz, head of the infectious disease program at Providence Regional Medical Center, told NBC News this week. The health departments from Washtenaw and Macomb counties are monitoring the patients and limiting contact with others to prevent a potential spread, the release states.

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