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Wuhan coronavirus: Husband gets virus from wife in first U.S. person to person case

Christian Fernsby |
Health officials Thursday reported the first U.S. case of person-to-person spread of the coronavirus from China.

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Topics: WUHAN    CORONAVIRUS    U.S.   

The individual is married to the Chicago woman who got sick from the virus after she returned from a trip to Wuhan, China, the centre of the outbreak. There have been cases reported of the infectious virus spreading to others in a household or workplace in China and elsewhere.

The new case is the sixth reported in the United States. The other five were travellers who developed the illness after returning to the U.S. from China. The latest patient had not been in China.

The Chicago woman, who is in her 60s, returned from central China on Jan. 13. Then last week she went to a hospital with symptoms and was diagnosed with the viral illness. She and her husband, who is also in his 60s, are hospitalized.

Experts have said they expected additional cases, and that at least some limited spread of the disease in the U.S. was likely. Health officials think the new virus spreads mainly from droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how the flu spreads.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois health officials announced the case today.


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