Chicago Woman Is Second US Case of Wuhan Coronavirus


HealthDay News – A Chicago woman in her sixties has been identified as the second U.S. patient diagnosed with a new Chinese coronavirus, health officials said Friday.

The woman visited China in late December and returned to Chicago from Wuhan on January 13, days before the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began screening incoming passengers for coronavirus. A few days after she returned home, the woman was starting to feel sick, said Dr. Allison Arwady, MPH, commissioner for the Chicago Department of Public Health, during a news conference Friday. The woman saw her doctor who asked her about her travel history, said Arwady. When he learned that she had been to Wuhan, he asked her to put on a mask and sent her to a hospital.

“The patient is clinically well, remains in a stable condition and is hospitalized mainly for infection control,” said Arwady. The woman was not sick during the trip and has limited close contacts, all of which are fine but are monitored for symptoms. “After returning from China, the patient had very limited exercise outside her home,” added Arwady. She did not use public transport or attend large gatherings.

The CDC has so far received reports of 63 patients being screened for possible coronavirus infection from 22 states, said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases of the CDC, at the press conference. These are the only two cases that need confirmation and 11 tested negative.

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