Published: Sun, February 09, 2020
Medical | By Mark Scott

Health officials confirm 1st case of coronavirus in Wisconsin

Health officials confirm 1st case of coronavirus in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has confirmed its first case of coronavirus, state officials said on Wednesday.

According to public health officials in Wisconsin, the patient recently traveled to China, coming in contact with an infected patient, NBC News reports. The department said it is evaluating close contacts of the patient and health care personnel who provided treatment, and is awaiting test results on six other people to determine if they are infected. They said the person had traveled through China in recent weeks, but said risk to the USA public remains low.

Health officials stressed that the risk to the public was low.

Since the outbreak erupted in the Chinese city of Wuhan last month, Chinese officials reported that more than 31,000 people have been infected and more than 600 have died, majority in mainland China, according to Reuters. There have been 490 deaths in China but none in the U.S. Other cases of the new pneumonia-like virus include six in California, one in MA, one in Washington state, one in Arizona and two in Chicago.

A deluge of those diagnoses may be on its way soon, as four additional planes repatriate Americans who had been trapped in Wuhan and as the newly-approved tests reach more labs.

Ships in Japan and Hong Kong are caught in a global health emergency that seems to be getting worse by the day.

County and hospital staff have been preparing for the possibility of a positive test for a month. "The patient remains in isolation at home and is being monitored by the Snohomish Health District, in coordination with his care team at Providence", the statement said.

Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services have confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the state.

Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough and difficulty breathing, which can appear between two and 14 days after someone has been exposed to the virus.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, one person in the state has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

"The death rate with this coronavirus is about 2 percent", he said.

"Unfortunately, there have been calls that have come in that have really tried to blame the Chinese people for this", said Haupt.

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