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US Has Its 2nd Coronavirus Case

Chicago woman is in isolation; risk to public remains low
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2020 10:52 AM CST
Employees work to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus at Suseo Station in Seoul, South Korea, on Friday.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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(Newser) – The US has its second confirmed case of coronavirus. A Chicago woman in her 60s tested positive for the virus after visiting Wuhan, China, where the virus originated, health officials reported Friday. The woman, who developed symptoms a few days after returning to the US last week, is doing well but is being kept in isolation in a hospital as a precaution, per CNBC, which reports she had "very limited movement from outside her home and did not use public transportation or attend any large gatherings."

Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, says the "CDC believes the immediate risk to the US public is low at this time, but the situation is evolving rapidly" and more cases are likely. Some 63 people in 22 states are being monitored for potential cases of the virus that has killed at least 26 people and infected 830 overseas, per the New York Times. The outlet notes 35 million people are under travel lockdowns in China. (The first US case was reported Tuesday.)

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