After kicking up a global panic over the pneumonia-like corona virus, a US man who visited China recently has been diagnosed with Coronavirus.
Washington state health officials said the man, a resident of Snohomish County, Wash., returned Wednesday from a trip to the region where he was visiting relatives in Wuhan, where the outbreak began. Shortly after arriving at Seattle’s international airport, he began feeling ill and reached out to his health-care provider on Sunday. Local, state and federal officials quickly collected samples and sent them to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) for testing. His case was confirmed Monday as the coronavirus that has sickened close to 300 people in China and others in Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.
The man, in his 30s, is in stable condition at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash. CDC Officials said they are monitoring him there out of an abundance of caution, not because he is seriously ill. The man returned to the United States last week, before federal health officials began screening travelers from the central Chinese city of Wuhan at Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York’s John F. Kennedy international airports, the first such effort since the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
The contagious diseas has already created panic in China with the death of at least six people. The disease has already spread to Taiwan, Japan, Thailand and South Korea.
The United States has its first confirmed case of a new virus that appeared in Wuhan, China, last month, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. The coronavirus has already sickened more than 300 people in China.
CDC officials said the United States will be stricter about health screenings of airplane passengers arriving from Wuhan. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials said Tuesday that they are expanding screening to international airports in Atlanta and Chicago. More than 1,200 travelers have already been screened since Friday, with no one yet referred to a hospital or discovered to be ill with the virus.