THE 15TH CASE OF A novel coronavirus in the U.S. has been confirmed in Texas.
The patient is among 91 Americans who were evacuated from China to the U.S. last week and placed under federal quarantine at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patient is the first evacuee from this flight to show symptoms and test positive for the virus, which has sickened more than 60,000 people and killed at least 1,370, mostly in mainland China.
“The individual is currently isolated and receiving medical care at a designated hospital nearby,” the CDC said in a statement Thursday.
About 800 Americans have been evacuated from Wuhan – the Chinese city at the center of the outbreak – in recent weeks and placed under mandatory 14-day quarantines at various military bases in the U.S. Nearly 200 people on the first flight were released from the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California, on Tuesday, but more than 600 people remain under quarantine and are “being closely monitored to contain the spread of the virus,” the CDC said.