New York – Health officials confirmed a new case of coronavirus infection in California that could be a sign that the virus is spreading in an American community.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the case on Wednesday night. This is a person in California who has not traveled to a country where an outbreak of the virus has occurred and does not have a connection with a known patient.
The agency did not immediately disclose additional details.RELATED
All the other 60 cases in the United States had traveled from abroad or had been in close contact with those who traveled. Health officials are on high alert for what they call community propagation.
The previous cases of EE. UU. They included 14 people who traveled from outbreak areas in China or their spouses; three people who were evacuated from the central Chinese city of Wuhan; and 42 US passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship that were evacuated by the federal government to the United States from where the ship docked in Japan.
The outbreak, which began in China, has infected tens of thousands of people in more than three dozen countries, with the vast majority in mainland China.
The new virus is a member of the coronavirus family that is a close cousin of the SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past.
The virus can cause fever, cough, wheezing and pneumonia. Health officials think it spreads mainly from the drops when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how the flu spreads.