U.S. officials announced the 15th confirmed cases of a novel coronavirus in the United States. The patient was an evacuee from China, who had been flowing to the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He is recently under 14-day quarantine at a hospital and in a stable condition.
The hospital activated some additional protocols before the patient arrival under the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patient was kept under isolation and was privately escorted through a hidden entrance to avoid the common areas.
The infection was confirmed through a lab test, making the person the first case of coronavirus in Texas. A CDC official described him as a “solo traveler”.
The deputy director of the CDC Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP), Dr. Jennifer McQuiston said that there are chances of additional cases but he doesn’t prepare people for that. She said it is not surprising that maybe someone would have acquired symptoms as we are right in the middle of the potential incubation period. She added that they are going to observe people continuously during the 14-day quarantine period.
McQuiston said that officials are continuously investing the patient’s activity while in quarantine and monitoring individuals who had contact with the patient.
It is the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Texas. Eight confirmed cases have been reported in California, one in Washington State, one in Massachusetts, one in Arizona, one in Wisconsin and two in Illinois. There are two cases of person-to-person transmission, one in California and one in Illinois.
Two earlier cases in the United States were found among the evacuees flown to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California.
Hundreds of people, including employees of the U.S. State Department and their family members were brought to the military in Texas and Nebraska abroad charted flight from Wuhan, the center of the outbreak.
There are 57 evacuees who are being placed in quarantine at the Army National Guard Facility, Camp Ashland located at Nebraska. The medicine spokesman, Taylor Wilson said that none of them has shown any symptoms of the novel coronavirus. He said the Omaha hospital prepared to treat any of those evacuees if required.
Tens of thousands of coronavirus cases have been reported globally, the majority of them were reported in China.
This highly contagious virus can cause coughing, wheezing, fever, and pneumonia. Health officials say it spreads mainly from the droplets of infected people when they cough or sneeze, just like how the flu virus spreads.
The CDC director Robert R. Redfield said that he does not believe this virus is going away any soon. He expects the novel coronavirus to be around beyond this season, beyond this year. He is expecting community-based transmission in the future.
The CDC has focused on the surveillance to track coronavirus cases and containment to stop the virus progression in the United States.