The CDC has confirmed the first case of 2019 coronavirus in the US, adding another to the more than 300 cases identified by authorities since the virus began circulating earlier this year. The virus originated in Wuhan, and has since spread around Asia, in the neighbouring cities of Shenzen and Beijing, and into Thailand.
The CDC has now confirmed reports that a case of 2019-ncov has been identified in the US.
According to the organisation, one male patient was identified with the disease, and he is currently in isolation at the Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington.
The CDC has chosen not to identify the patient, but revealed they had recently travelled through Wuhan, where they likely contracted the disease.
Following the announcement, they also revealed extra measures would be put down at some US airports.
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10.30pm update: What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
The 2019-nCoV strain causes similiar symptoms to other strains within the species, as respiratory (breathing) problems are the defining symptoms.
Chinese scientists revealed people may also experience the following symptoms:
– Tightness of the chest
– Shortness of breath
Scans of those suffering from the virus show fluid pooling in the lungs, commonly associated with viral pneumonia.
9.45pm update: further details on US patient
Dr Nancy Messonnier of the CDC said the patient is “very healthy” in containment.
The CDC added he had few contacts since returning to the US from Wuhan.
9.15 update: Where has Coronavirus spread so far?
Coronavirus originated in Wuhan, and didn’t stray far from the Chinese city.
Authorities identified more than 300 cases in total, most of which originated in Wuhan, but some have spread further afield.
Officials in Beijing, Shenzen and Thailand have also identified cases.
8.45 update: CDC expects more US coronavirus cases
Speaking today, the CDC said it expects more cases of the virus will emerge in the US.
Dr Nancy Messonnier, a CDC respiratory diseases expert, told reporters via conference call: “We do expect additional cases in the United States and globally.”
They have a screening tool which allows them to effectively identify people coming into the country infected with the disease.
The first sufferer in the US allegedly travelled back to Washington State before authorities started screening passengers.