1st case of coronavirus confirmed in Chicago, CDC says

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CHICAGO (WGN) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Chicago.

The woman, who is in her 60s and from Chicago, came in through O’Hare International Airport from China on Jan. 13. Authorities believe the case is travel-related.

The woman is hospitalized in isolation. She is reported to be well and in stable condition.

Health officials said there “is no immediate threat to the general public in Chicago.”

Health officials are currently monitoring 63 patients across 22 states. The only confirmed cases are in Washington and Illinois.

The disease, which originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, has already left dozens of people dead and more than 800 infected as it spreads throughout Asia and as far as the United States.

At least 10 cities in central Hubei province are facing travel restrictions, including Wuhan.

Major cities including Beijing have canceled some or all major Lunar New Year celebrations — a rare, drastic step to reign in the spread of the virus.

The patient is doing well and remains hospitalized “primarily for infection control,” said Dr. Allison Arwady, Chicago’s public health commissioner. People that the women had close contact with are being monitored.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the risk to the U.S. public remains low but that it’s likely more cases will be diagnosed in the coming days, as the virus appears to have a two-week incubation period.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.


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