Fifth Coronavirus Case Diagnosed in Arizona, CDC Confirms

by Helen Gonzales
Fifth Coronavirus Case Diagnosed in Arizona, CDC Confirms

On Sunday, the US CDC has verified the fifth case of coronavirus in Arizona’s Maricopa County. The announcement arrives after Californian health officials confirmed two cases of the virus a day before in LA and Orange counties. Including the new cases, the toll of coronavirus-affected people in the US has reached five. All the cases consist of people who have recently traveled from Wuhan, China, the origin of the disease’s epidemic. Currently, all the patients remain admitted to hospitals. Reportedly, the number of suspected cases is soaring across the US. Until now, samples gathered from 26 states have been sent to the CDC for screening. According to the CDC, five have confirmed positive, and 25 have established negative results. Still, the federal health agency is investigating patients for likely having the viral infection.

Whereas, the latest report from Chinese health authorities has confirmed over 2,700 cases of pneumonia caused by the virus. Even more, around 460 people are in critical condition, and up to 80 people have died due to the illness. The CDC said people who have had occasional contact with an infected person are at a lower risk of evolving infection. For now, the health agency is keeping track of people who might have come into contact with infected people. Besides, Orange County authorities said they had admitted a patient there in the isolated ward. Currently, the Orange County patient is in good condition.

On the other hand, Los Angeles officials said the patient there is currently gaining proper care. LA authorities also said that they are functioning to find people who have come in casual contact with the patient. They noted, now, there was no immediate risk to the community. Meanwhile, Orange County executives said they had not discovered any evidence of person-to-person transmission. Dr. Nancy Messionnier, CDC’s director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said doctors nationwide are calling 24-hours regarding possible cases of 2019-nCoV, the air-borne illness. She added the CDC is functioning to get a diagnostic test to the states as early as possible.

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