Coronavirus reaches US as wife returning from China infects husband

Coronavirus reaches US as wife returning from China infects husband

- A man in the United States of America contracted the fast-spreading coronavirus from his wife who returned from China

- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the woman who is in her 60s was diagnosed with the virus after returning from Wuhan, China, where the outbreak originated

- Doctors disclosed that the woman is doing quite well and remains hospitalized primarily for isolation

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The fast-spreading coronavirus has been confirmed in the USA after a man in Chicago contracted the virus from his wife who travelled to China.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday that this is the first confirmed case of person-to-person transmission of the virus in the country.

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The CDC said the woman, who is in her 60s, was diagnosed after returning from Wuhan, China, where the outbreak originated.

Doctors told reporters during a briefing that the woman was doing quite well and remains hospitalized primarily for isolation.

Her husband who is also in his 60s did not travel to China but was admitted to the hospital after being infected by his wife.

"Given what we've seen in China versus other countries, CDC experts have expected to find some person-to-person spread in the United States," CDC director Dr Robert Redfield said
"Based on what we know now, our assessment remains that the immediate risk to the American public is low."

The Illinois department of public health said the husband was in close contact with his spouse over a long period of time while she was symptomatic.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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