Fifth US case of coronavirus confirmed in Arizona, health officials say
The new respiratory illness has so far infected more than 1,975 people and killed 56, the majority in Wuhan, China .
Key PointsThe fifth U.S. case of coronavirus was confirmed on Sunday in Maricopa County, Arizona, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The announcement came after health officials in California announced that two cases had been confirmed earlier in the day in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
The new respiratory illness has so far sickened more than 1,975 people and killed 56, the majority of whom are in Wuhan.A laboratory technician works with a pipette at the Institute of Virology at the Charité Berlin Mitte, where investigations on coronavirus are underway.
Christophe Gateau | Getty ImagesThe fifth U.S. case of coronavirus was confirmed on Sunday in Maricopa County, Arizona, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the health agency said during a call with reporters.The announcement came after health officials in California announced that two cases had been confirmed earlier in the day in Los Angeles and Orange counties. headtopics.com
China— the epicenter of the disease's outbreak. The new respiratory illness has so far sickened more than 1,975 people and killed 56, the majority of whom are in Wuhan.The CDC said that all five patients remain hospitalized. There are about 100 patients who the CDC is investigating for possibly having the virus, the agency said.
According to the CDC's guidance, people who have "casual contact with a case" — for instance, those in the same grocery store or movie theater — "are at minimal risk of developing infection."The CDC said it was currently monitoring individuals who may have come into close contact with the patients with the virus.
Authorities in Orange County, which borders Los Angeles County to the south, said in a statement earlier in the day that the Orange County patient is in isolation in a hospital and is in "good condition."Authorities in Los Angeles did not disclose how the Los Angeles patient was faring but said the person was "currently receiving appropriate care."
Los Angeles officials said they were working to identify individuals who may have come into contact with the Los Angeles patient but that here was "no immediate threat to the general public."Orange County health officials said they will be monitoring any close contacts, but that there is "no evidence that person-to-person transmission has occurred in Orange County." headtopics.com
This map shows the latest spread of the coronavirus"The current risk of local transmission remains low," the Orange County health officials said, echoing the CDC's prior statements that the U.S. public is not at high risk of transmission. But it said the situation "continues to evolve rapidly."
The first two U.S. cases of the virus were a Washington state man in his 30s and later, an Illinois woman in her 60s. Both had traveled to Wuhan, and are currently reported to be in a stable condition at area hospitals.US evacuating Americans from Wuhan
The U.S. embassy in Beijing on Sunday issued a notice saying the American consulate in Wuhan will evacuate its staff and some private citizens on a charter flight Tuesday to San Francisco, though seat numbers will be limited. The embassy said priority will be given to those "at greater risk" from the virus, which can progress to pneumonia and is a greater threat to the elderly and people already suffering from respiratory problems.
Chinese authorities have restricted travel for 17 cities in its central Hubei province, where Wuhan is located. It is an area encompassing more than 50 million people. Wuhan itself — where the virus first appeared, reportedly in a seafood market also selling illegal wildlife — has a population of 11 million. headtopics.com
Hubei on Sunday shut down inter-city and inter-province buses in an effort to curb the outbreak.On Saturday, Hong Kong leaderin the city of 7.3 million, halting all official trips to mainland China, extending school cancellations and scrapping official plans for the Lunar New Year, China's busiest travel week.Read more: CNBC »
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