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First Case of Deadly Coronavirus Confirmed in U.S.

The CDC confirmed Tuesday that a person in Washington has contracted the deadly new virus.

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A deadly new virus that is spreading across China has made its way to the U.S. 

The Centers for Disease Control announced Tuesday that the first case of a new coronavirus was confirmed in Washington state. The patient is a man in his thirties who was traveling back to the U.S. from Wuhan, China on January 15. 

After the man sought medical attention, the CDC conducted tests and confirmed the case was the new coronavirus. Officials said he is being monitored and in good condition. 

The virus was first reported in China in December 2019 and has since spread to four other countries and territories, including the U.S. Six people have died in China, and nearly 300 have been infected, the AP reported. 

The virus was first detected in Wuhan, with 198 confirmed cases in that area alone. The city of 9 million people has temporarily shut down public transportation to try and contain the spread of the virus. That includes bus, subway, ferry and long-distance transportation. Guards at Wuhan’s airport are reportedly screening travelers passing through with thermometers, and face masks are sold out. Those health screening measures for international travel stem from an outbreak of SARS in 2002 that spread to multiple countries. SARS also originated in China. 

Initially, officials thought the virus was spread by animals, but the CDC is researching the potential of contracting it from another person. Symptoms of the virus can include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. 

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