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New Virus Enters U.S.
News Bytes 01/23/2020 27 Comments

A Washington state resident returned last week from a trip to China. Days after his return, he became ill. U.S. officials believe he’s the country’s first case of a new and possibly deadly virus.

Health authorities have identified the germ behind the outbreak as a new type of coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which cause the common cold. Others in bats, camels, and other animals have changed into more severe illnesses.

The sick man’s name has not been released. He is in his 30s and in good overall health. He isn’t considered a threat to medical staff or the public, health officials say.

The newly discovered virus has infected about 300 people. All were in China; six people died. The virus can cause coughing, fever, breathing difficulty, and pneumonia. Other places reporting cases are Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

Airports around the world have stepped up monitoring. They are checking passengers from China for signs of illness. They hope to containing the virus during the busy Lunar New Year travel season.

Late last week, U.S. health officials began screening passengers from Wuhan in central China, where the outbreak began. The screening had been underway at three U.S. airports—New York City’s Kennedy airport and the Los Angeles and San Francisco airports. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will add Chicago’s O’Hare airport and Atlanta’s airport later this week.

Officials will also begin forcing all passengers from Wuhan to go to one of those five airports if they wish to enter the United States.

The hospitalized U.S. resident had no symptoms when he arrived at the Seattle-Tacoma airport last Wednesday. He went to a doctor on Sunday with a fever and a cough. Lab testing on Monday confirmed he had the virus.

Providence Regional Medical Center says the man will remain in isolation and under monitoring there at least until Thursday.

CDC officials sent a team to Washington to try to track down people who might have come in contact with the man. The hospital is also contacting staff and patients who may have been with the man at a clinic.

Health professionals say the virus probably spreads from animals to people. But just this week, Chinese officials concluded it can also spread from person to person.

The CDC’s Dr. Nancy Messonnier says health officials expect to see more cases around the world in the coming days. Still, they believe the virus’ overall risk to the American public remains low.

(People wear face masks as they ride an escalator at the Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, Tuesday, January 21, 2020. AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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1st comment!

I hope this doesn't spread!

This is scary. I agree with

This is scary. I agree with Mirela.

all I need

I have a terrible virus now so I hope I don't get this thing and end up in the ER again!

I picked up a bug a week ago

I picked up a bug a week ago and my whole body was just aching, my head especially. I could hardly walk. And worst of all, I wasn't hungry for about 24 hours so I didn't eat anything for that long. Not nice, not nice at all.

Also I had a high temperature

Also I had a high temperature.

To Above

I feel you. I haven't eaten sense Sunday.....

Wow!

Most of this weeks articles I've already read somewhere else. But this is bad.

Scary

I'm doing a research paper on smallpox and that was pretty bad.

To Above

Yes. I had to do one as well. It grossed me out!

i didn't know what i was

i didn't know what i was getting myself into when i chose that subject!!!

To Above

Yeah, haha! Some of that stuff is......

R-e-a-d..... t-h-i-s.....!!!

Whoops

EEEEEEEEEEK !!!!!!!!!!!!

SO scary. Hope it doesn't spread.

Janna (Daniel's sister)

Nooooooooooooo!!!!!!!! I always wondered why Asian people always wore masks.................

@Janna

Yes me too! I guess it is because of this...

HELP!! WE DON'T WANT THIS HERE!!!!

My dad works at the university here and he was telling us how an email had gone out to everybody today at the uni (including the students) telling them that if they had recently returned from china, and if they had any of the symptoms, like a fever or a cough, they should stay home. Also, he said that soon after, one of his students ( Chinese ), sent him an email saying that they had just returned from a city in China, where there had been this illness. Also this is very dangerous, because the classes have just begun from the Christmas holidays, where most of the students go back to their homeland for the holidays. And most of the students at the Uni are Chinese. So many students have just returned from china! Also my dad has been in many classes with this certain student I told you about earlier, so there is a possibility of him getting it! Although I don't think he will, but many other people might. Also, the number of students in England who are Chinese are a really large number so this could break out in England! Not just China! I'm actually quite worried.

Correction to my comment above

Not just China and US.

At least 81 people have died

At least 81 people have died so far. Let's hope they knew the Lord.

May the Lord lay His hand of healing on those sick people

I pray that the virus will not affect to many people. I hope that the sick people get better.

Beth Sarah G

I'm assuming that's in China?

@Bella C

I don't know for sure but probably.

Above

Okay. I talked to my mom and and as far as she knows there are several confirmed cases of this in the U.S, but nobody here has died yet. So it's probably in China.

OH NOOOOO!

asia is my favorite country in the entire world,i cant have a desease like this spreading throughout japan when i go on my senior trip

@Stephen W

Asia is a continent not a country.

@ Steven W

Are you going on your senior trip soon? I wouldn't go if I we going to Asia. Thought its like all over now. Its more in Asia.
And yes. Asia is not a country. But your fine. :-)

:(

That is so sad. I hope I does not spread very much.

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