CDC announces case of deadly China virus in Washington state

by Daniel Payne · Jan 21st, 2020 3:27 pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Last Updated Jan 21st, 2020 at 6:18 pm

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Tuesday the first American case of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus, a disease first detected in Wuhan, China, last month. It has reportedly infected hundreds and is thus far responsible for six deaths.

A male traveler from China was found to have the disease in Snohomish County, just outside of Seattle, authorities said. The subject "poses little risk" to public safety, though he is currently isolated and under observation out of precaution.

The CDC said the risk to the American public from the disease is low. Cases have been confirmed in numerous other countries besides China, including Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan.

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