Wuhan evacuee in Texas is the 15th American with coronavirus
A fifteenth American has coronavirus, US officials announced Thursday.
The latest patient is among the evacuees from Wuhan being held in quarantine at JBSA-Lackland and is the first confirmed case in Texas.
The US is bracing for the new coronavirus that has now struck 60,000 people worldwide to spread in the US, officials said the previous day.
Wednesday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed a fourteenth American had tested positive for the infection, now known as COVID-19.
CDC’s director of the Center for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Dr Nancy Messonnier said that the CDC is preparing for coronavirus to ‘take a foothold in the US.’
‘At some point, we’re likely to see community spread in the US.’
So far, there have been just two known cases of human-to-human transmission in the US but, after hopeful signs the outbreak might be subsiding, China Thursday reported a huge surge of more than 14,000 new cases and more than 240 deaths.
But if it does begin to spread, Dr Messonnier said ‘this will trigger a change in our response strategy,’ but did not elaborate on what tactics they would employ.