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Last week, I reported that Chinese public health officials were struggling to identify a mysterious strain of pneumonia that has infected dozens of people and had placed the rest of Asia on alert for outbreaks.
Now, CNN is reporting that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to announce that the first case of Wuhan coronavirus has been reported in the United States, in the state of Washington.
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The source is involved in the matter and was made aware of a CDC media briefing scheduled for later today.
The novel virus, which was first identified last month in Wuhan, China, has so far infected more than 300 people and killed six, in an outbreak that has been reported in five countries — now including the United States.
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It is unclear if this person recently traveled to China, where and how they became infected, and if this person has transmitted the virus to anyone else in the United States.
Last week, the CDC began screening passengers coming from China for the “Wuhan Virus.”
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It’s a highly unusual step. The last time the CDC did routine passenger health screening was during the 2014 Ebola outbreak, according to Dr. Martin Cetron, director of the CDC’s division of global migration and quarantine.
“I’ve been here since 1996, and that’s the only other time we’ve ever done this — for Ebola,” Cetron said.
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The screenings at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport will start tonight, and screenings at San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport will begin Saturday. The CDC will look for symptoms such as coughing and difficulty breathing and check temperatures of each passenger with an infrared thermometer.
The pathogen that hails from the Wuhan area of China is reported to be a new strain of coronavirus (and is now denoted 2019-nCoV). Coronaviruses have been linked...
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