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CDC announces case of coronavirus in US

Outbreak has killed 6 people

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(National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)


The coronavirus that was first reported in China and has so far killed six people has made its way to the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC announced Tuesday afternoon that the patient was diagnosed in Washington shortly after he returned from Wuhan, China, which is where the outbreak began.

He went to a medical treatment facility and staff there suspected he had contracted the virus. Tests from the CDC confirmed the diagnosis.

CNN reports that the man is in isolation.

According to CNBC, he is “very healthy” and “poses little risk” to the public.

Since the virus was identified in Wuhan, China last month, more than 600 people across five countries have been infected and six people have died.

Given the outbreak, public health entry screenings have been added at airports in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. Airports in Chicago and Atlanta will also soon have screenings.

According to the Associated Press, coronavirus symptoms include runny nose, headache, cough and fever and in more extreme cases, shortness of breath, chills and body aches.