The United States has registered in Chicago the second case of a person diagnosed with the new virus similar to pneumonia from China, health authorities said this Friday.
It is a woman over 60 who returned from China on January 13 without showing symptoms of the disease, but who soon after consulted her doctor because she felt unwell.
The CDC today confirmed the first case of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) in Chicago. There is no immediate threat to the general public. Chicago residents, students, workers, and visitors do NOT need to change their behavior in any way.
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The patient is evolving favorably and remains in the hospital “primarily to control the infection,” said Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady. People had contact with her are being closely monitored.
The first case of the virus in the United States was that of a man in the state of Washington who had returned from a trip to China.
Dr. Nancy Messonnier, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said the risk to people in the United States remains low, but there will probably be more cases in the next few days because the virus apparently has a two-week period of incubation.
More than 2,000 travelers have been examined throughout the country at airports and 63 showed some disorders in 22 states, although so far it has been determined that 11 were free of the coronavirus.