CDC reports second USA case of novel virus spreading in China

Don’t buy the media hype over the new China virus

Don’t buy the media hype over the new China virus

A second patient in the US has tested positive for the new coronavirus from Wuhan, China, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The patient is doing well and remains hospitalized "primarily for infection control", said Dr. Allison Arwady, Chicago's public health commissioner. As well, this person's "close contacts" are being monitored for signs of the illness but are all described as 'currently well'.

The first confirmed patient in the USA with the virus was a man in his 30s who also traveled to Wuhan and returned on January 15 to his home in Washington state.

"We are expecting more cases in the USA, 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.

The CDC also announced that 63 suspected cases of 2019-nCoV are under investigation in 22 states, while 11 people have tested negative for the novel coronavirus, while 2 have been confirmed.

Coronavirus has killed at least 26 people and infected over 900.

The number of cases that have been exported - and the number of countries outside China that have reported cases - continue to grow as well. To date there is no indication anyone who was in contact with the man in Washington has become ill, Messonnier said.

The infection was confirmed in a man in his 40s who lives in Wuhan - the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak - and travelled to Japan, the health ministry said in a statement.

It is one of the world's largest annual migrations of people.

More than 20.5 million people are living in the cities affected, some of which have suspended public transport amid fears that the transmission rate will accelerate as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel for the Lunar New Year.

According to Reuters news agency, at least 10 cities around Wuhan have also been placed on lockdown, as the government attempts to stop the spread of the disease. To date the United States is the only country outside of Asia to have detected the virus, which is from the same family as the viruses that cause SARS and MERS. There are two ways this outbreak could pan out.

It was the low number of confirmed cases overseas - now 11 - that was one of the reasons the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday declined to designate the virus an "international emergency".

Many experts expected the WHO to declare a global health crisis this week, which would see emergency measures put in place. But it may yet become one.

However, Hizzoner warned that it was just a matter of time before the deadly disease makes its way to New York City, given the city's major global airports and its large Chinese immigrant population.

Public health screenings for travelers from Wuhan have been implemented at five USA airports including Atlanta (ATL), Chicago (ORD), San Francisco (SFO), New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX). "So there will be a balance and a shifting in how we look at entry screening as we go into this new scenario with the travel closures".

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