January 22, 2020

CDC announces first US case of coronavirus from China

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on January 21 confirmed the first case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from China in the state of Washington.

The patient recently returned from Wuhan, China, where an outbreak of pneumonia caused by this virus has been ongoing since December.


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