Global pandemic, here we come? Deadly Chinese coronavirus arrives in US as Russia, India & others boost border screenings
The deadly pneumonia-like illness that has sickened hundreds and killed six in and near Wuhan, China has turned up in the US, despite precautions, as Chinas neighbors ratchet up screening efforts to prevent a global pandemic.
A Snohomish County, Washington man has become the first officially confirmed new coronavirus case in the US. Local officials have not named the man, who is said to be very sick. He was hospitalized with pneumonia last week after returning from the Wuhan region, where the illness has already claimed six lives, according to Chinese authorities.
It’s not immediately clear how many other Americans may have been exposed to the disease, which is believed to have its origins in a seafood and poultry market in the city of Wuhan, home to 11 million people. Close to 300 cases had been reported by Tuesday in China, cropping up in cities including Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai; cases have also been reported in Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and – now – the US. Infectious disease experts from Imperial College London estimated the disease toll to be much higher, however, suggesting on Saturday that at least 1,723 people might be infected.