The Massachusetts Department of Health confirmed on Saturday that a young man in his 20s who returned from Wuhan, China had tested positive for coronavirus and would be the eighth case of the virus in the United States.
The latest U.S. patient, who is in MA, recently returned from Hubei province in central China, the epicenter of the outbreak, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in an emailed statement. We delight in that he is succeeding, ' Boston Public Health Commission Executive Director Rita Nieves stated.
"Massachusetts has been preparing for a possible case of his new coronavirus and we were fortunate that astute clinicians took appropriate action quickly", she said.
USA health officials have said risks to the United States remain low.
This is a developing story.
The man will stay in isolation until he is cleared by public health officials, according to the MDPH. "And we are still confident we're in a fantastic position to react to this growing situation".
On Saturday, Massachusetts government officials posted a press release announcing the first confirmed case in the state. Logan has three daily non-stop flights from China, though none originate in China's central Hubei province or its capital, Wuhan.
The World Health Organization had declared the coronavirus a global health emergency Thursday, when the CDC also confirmed the virus is transmitted via human-to-human contact after the USA saw its first case spread between two individuals within the country.
The virus has been reported in at least 22 countries around the world.
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There were about 8,100 cases of Sars - severe acute respiratory syndrome - reported during that outbreak. Authorities have effectively quarantined Wuhan , sealing off roads and shutting down public transport.
As Business Insider previously reported, seven other cases of the virus have been reported throughout the U.S., in Arizona, California, and Washington. USA officials this week reported the first human-to-human transmission of the disease in the United States in IL.
An Incident Command Structure set up to facilitate the regular dissemination of information from federal and state partners to stakeholders throughout the state.
Scheduled calls with other key health care partners including local boards of health.
The novel coronavirus has resulted in thousands of confirmed human infections in more than 20 countries, with more than 99 percent of cases in China.
All state healthcare providers, hospitals, and Emergency Medical services have been issues clinical advisories.
The new DPH website provides relevant up-to-date information about the state of the new corona virus for all residents: mass.gov/2019 corona virus.
Coronavirus symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and, in severe cases, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs).
Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses and are generally spread through respiratory secretions (drops of coughing and sneezing) from an infected person to another person.
Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. "We are working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) to ensure all guidelines and protocols are diligently followed".