First patient with Wuhan coronavirus was identified in the U.S. A man in his 30s in Washington State is infected.
The patient is in isolation at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington. The coronavirus has already sickened hundreds and killed six people in Asia. CDC officials said the United States will be more strict about health screenings of airplane passengers arriving from Wuhan. The infected patient in the U.S. arrived at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on January 15, before any health screenings. "We believe the risk to the public is low," said John Wiesman, secretary of health for the state of Washington. The virus is currently known as 2019-nCoV.
The CDC started enhanced health screenings at San Francisco International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, and Los Angeles International Airport for passengers who flew from or connected through Wuhan. The agency will begin screening at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport this week. “The key issue we need to understand is how easily or sustainably the virus is spread from human to human,” says Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC.