CDC confirms 15th case of coronavirus in the United States

  • CDC confirms 15th case of coronavirus in the United States

CDC confirms 15th case of coronavirus in the United States

US officials on Thursday announced the country's 15th confirmed case of the new coronavirus - an evacuee from China who had been under quarantine in Texas. Previously, states with suspected cases of the virus would send respiratory secretions, namely nasal or oral swabs, to the agency's headquarters in Atlanta for testing, forcing state officials to await the results before confirming a case.

The CDC is also monitoring more than 30,000 people who have come to the US from China since mid-January.

A NY pharmaceutical company says it could have an experimental treatment for COVID-19 in three to six months. Both new cases bring the amount of confirmed infections one of the approximately 800 Americans evacuated from Wuhan into 3.

No deaths from the virus have been reported in the United States.

The CDC stated the patient is dispersed and getting medical attention at a nearby hospital. The patient was the 15th person in the United States to test positive for COVID-19.

A previous case of coronavirus was documented on Monday among the same group of evacuees, the CDC said.

There will likely be additional cases in the coming days and weeks, including among other people recently returned from Wuhan.

On Feb 7 following a conversation with China's president about the outbreak, President Donald Trump tweeted that as the weather becomes warmer the virus will become weaker and die out.

A Chinese worker wears a protective mask as he has his temperature checked in a almost empty and shuttered commercial street in Beijing on February 12, 2020.

"We think that the issue at the stage, can be explained by one reagent that isn't performing as it should, consistently", senior CDC official Nancy Messonnier said, referring to one the substances used in the kit. The Illinois Department of Public Health said it has not had any issues with the kits and it's continuing with its testing for the coronavirus.

At today's media briefing, Messonnier said a few people with symptoms on the flight were immediately transported to the hospital and that a system for matching individuals to lab specimens didn't work correctly. They are "being closely monitored", according to the CDC.