Health officials in the U.S. have confirmed a second domestic case of 2019 novel coronavirus, the deadly new virus that’s killed dozens of people and sickened hundreds more in China, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Officials said Friday that a woman in her 60s tested positive for the coronavirus after she recently traveled to Wuhan, China, where the virus originated, The Washington Post reported. She had returned to the U.S. on Jan. 13, after which she was isolated and tested, according to the Post.
Officials said she was in stable condition Friday and that the chances of her having spread the disease were “low,” the newspaper reported.
According to the CDC, 63 patients were being evaluated Friday in 22 states for possible coronavirus. Eleven people have tested negative for it, officials said.
Officials with the CDC confirmed Tuesday that the first American case of the deadly coronavirus strain had been confirmed in Washington state. Health officials believe the virus can spread from person-to-person, though it remained unclear Friday just how easily the virus spread.
Officials recommend that any people who have recently traveled to Wuhan and subsequently experienced flu-like symptoms — including fever, coughing, shortness of breath or a sore throat — contact their health care providers.
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