The U.S. Centre for Disease Control has confirmed the first North American case of the coronavirus which originated in China. U.S. officials confirmed the patient is a man in his 30’s who is a resident of Snohomish County, Washington.
The man arrived in Washington State on January 15th, after visiting Wuhan, China where the outbreak originated. Shortly after arriving back into the United States, the patient sought care at a medical facility in Washington.
According to the CDC, health officials suspected the patient was infected, sending a clinical specimen for testing. The CDC said he is not considered a threat to medical staff.
There are currently over 500 cases of the coronavirus in China with 17 deaths reported by Chinese officials.
The virus is now confirmed in 6 countries which include China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and now the U.S.