The Facilities for Disease Defend watch over and Prevention confirmed the 15th case of the brand new coronavirus in the U.S. on Thursday — an evacuee from China beneath quarantine at a military base in Texas.
The patient is among the Americans evacuated last week on a authorities-chartered flight from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. The virus, COVID-19, has now infected more than 60,000 and killed at least 1,369.
The patient arrived at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas on Feb. 7, the CDC said, and was placed beneath a 14-day federal quarantine expose. The CDC said here is the first person beneath quarantine at Lackland who tested definite for COVID-19.
San Antonio officials said at a news briefing Thursday there are 91 evacuees at the base. Their quarantine is slated to finish on Feb. 20, CDC spokeswoman Jennifer McQuiston said.
The CDC said the patient is isolated and receiving medical care at a local hospital.
“There is repeatedly additional cases in the coming days and weeks, including among other of us currently returned from Wuhan,” the CDC said in a statement.
A man wears a masks in Chinatown following the outbreak of the unconventional coronavirus, in Chicago, Illinois January 30, 2020.
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The latest case comes after the CDC announced a 14th confirmed case in the U.S. on Wednesday. That patient was among other American evacuees from Wuhan who arrived last week at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.
On Monday, the CDC announced the 13th case in the U.S., another evacuee beneath quarantine at Miramar. The brand new cases confirmed this week bring the variety of infections among the roughly 800 Americans evacuated from Wuhan to three.
The CDC said Thursday more than 600 of us remain in quarantine. The first 195 American evacuees from Wuhan had been released on Tuesday from March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California, it said.
TheCDC said Wednesday that it is preparing for COVID-19to “take a foothold in the U.S.”
“At some point, we are likely to search for community spread in the U.S. or in other countries,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told newshounds on a convention call. “This can place off a change in our response strategy.”
Nonetheless, the virus just isn’t yet spreading rapidly from one person to another in the U.S., as it is in China. TheCDC has confirmed two instances of person-to-person spread, in Chicago and California.