China’s contagious killer virus comes to the US: American man in his 30s is hospitalized in Washington state with SARS-like coronavirus after visiting Wuhan, CDC says



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An American man in Washington state has been infected with the deadly and contagious coronavirus spreading from China, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials confirmed Tuesday. 

The first US patient is a resident of the US in his 30s, located north of Seattle, who is currently hospitalized and in ‘good’ condition, but being closely monitored in isolation at Providence Regional Medical Center – Everett. 

He traveled from Wuhan, but did not visit any of the markets at the epicenter of the outbreak, according to state health officials.   

The man arrived in the US on January 15, the day before screening was in place, and before he developed symptoms, but the man reportedly recognized his own symptoms – which typically include cough, fever and runny nose – after seeing online coverage of the virus. 

The patient reached out to doctors on January 16, was tested on the 17th and his diagnosis was confirmed Monday, health officials said. 

On the heels of the identification of this first US patient, all flights from Wuhan into the US are being rerouted to the three airports set up last week for screening – LAX, San Francisco and JFK – as well as an additional two locations: Chicago O’Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. 

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