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First U.S. Case Of Deadly Wuhan Coronavirus Found In Washington State


2020-01-21 13:01:32

The first U.S. case of a new coronavirus strain that has killed at least six people in China has been reported in Washington state, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

The deadly virus, which Chinese health officials have said can spread by human-to-human contact, has sickened hundreds of people, according to the mayor of China’s central city of Wuhan, where an outbreak is underway. Exported cases of the illness also have been confirmed in Thailand, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

The male U.S. patient is a resident of Snohomish County, Washington, who was hospitalized last week with pneumonia after returning from a trip to Wuhan, The New York Times reported.

The CDC on Monday said it has been actively screening incoming travelers from Wuhan City in Hubei Province. 

The World Health Organization has said it will convene on Wednesday to determine whether the virus outbreak warrants being declared a global health crisis.

Medical staff carry a box as they walk at China's Jinyintan hospital, where patients with pneumonia caused by the new strain



Medical staff carry a box as they walk at China’s Jinyintan hospital, where patients with pneumonia caused by the new strain of coronavirus are being treated, in Wuhan, Hubei province.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.




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