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BREAKING: CDC confirms first U.S. case of Wuhan coronavirus

Posted at 1:57 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 14:57:37-05

SEATTLE, Wash. — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed the first case of Wuhan coronavirus reported in the United States,

The Associated Press reports the case is in Seattle.

The patient is a male in his 30s who had recently been to the Wuhan area. He is in good condition in a hospital in Everett, outside of Seattle, and isn’t considered a threat to the public, health officials say.

The virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, reportedly killing six people and infected more than 300 others in five countries — China, Thailand, Japan, South Korea and the U.S.

It is unclear if the person recently traveled to China, where and how they became infected and if the person has transmitted it to anyone else in the U.S., the report says.

The CDC says the outbreak in China is linked to a large seafood and animal market.

The CDC also said they would begin screening passengers at two additional airports, Atlanta and Chicago O’Hare. They have already started screening passengers at airports in San Francisco, Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK).