Coronavirus: Officials confirm second U.S. case of virus


In an attempt to curb the rapid spread of coronavirus, which health officials determined can move from human to human through the air or by touch, many popular attractions in and around China have been closed or are preparing to close to the public.

There are 63 patients in 22 states being investigated for signs of the rare respiratory illness, the CDC told reporters in a conference call on Friday.

Health officials have refused to comment on reports of several potential cases under observation.

The North Carolina Division of Public Health is arranging testing for the novel coronavirus at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Overall, the CDC is now investigating 63 people (including the two that tested positive) in 22 states for a possible infection with the new virus. Most people who contract the virus appear to experience milder symptoms. Roughly 35 million people live in the quarantined cities, near Wuhan, where the virus is thought to have emerged.

"The risk to people here in North Carolina at this time is very low", Moore said.

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that range in severity from the common cold to the more deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which caused more than 700 deaths in a 2002-2003 outbreak.

The person did not have close contact with anyone after leaving the airport in North Carolina and wore a mask the entire time while at the airport.

This is the second coronavirus case in the U.S. The first is a man in his 30s who fell ill after returning to his home in Washington state following a trip to Wuhan, China.

"Make no mistake, though, this is an emergency in China", said World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Officials are still unclear about how this one will spread between people.

All but one of the 18 deaths have been in Hubei, but there are more than 600 cases, including several overseas.

"It may yet become one", said the WHO's boss.

IL health officials did not identify the hospital where the woman is in isolation.

Stateside, the CDC is stepping up precautions at global airports around the U.S.

Testing for the 2019 coronavirus is only available at the CDC now.

The virus infects the lungs, and symptoms start with a fever and cough.

While human-to-human transmission has been reported within China, Ghebreyesus said, it so far seems to be mostly limited to close family members and health-care workers.

More than 2,000 returning travellers had been screened at airports across the US.

"Although there are now no vaccines available for this disease, there are certain actions you can take to help protect yourself and those around you", the notice to students said.