Published: Tue, February 25, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

CDC has confirmed 34 cases of novel coronavirus in the US

CDC has confirmed 34 cases of novel coronavirus in the US

But the state department did. Groups were quarantined at military bases after being repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where hundreds of infections emerged, and Wuhan, China, where the virus first emerged in December 2019.

More than 100 American passengers remain in Japan, and USA health officials announced Tuesday that they will not be allowed to return home for at least two more weeks. Three other folks showed to have the illness were repatriated, along with 13 different American vacationers who fell sick upon getting back from out of the country, as The New York Times reported. The number is one less than the number that the CDC has listed on its website as of Friday afternoon.

The 13th United States case was confirmed overnight in Humboldt County, California. Both the contact and the case-patient are doing well and self-isolating at home, according to the county's public health department. This marks the seventh case in California.

"We're working with state, local and the health department to ready our public health workforce to respond to local cases and the possibility this outbreak could become a pandemic", said the CDC.

Of the repatriated cases, 18 were aboard the 3,700-passenger Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

Its 12 specialists, including U.S. citizens, have been working with their Chinese counterparts to learn more about the unknowns related to the virus, such as its exact transmission rate and the most effective way to treat Covid-19, the disease it causes.

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The CDC is adapting its 2017 guidelines for preventing pandemic flu for use if the virus starts spreading widely in the United States, Messonnier said.

"We are keeping track of cases resulting from repatriation efforts separately because we don't believe those numbers accurately represent the picture of what is happening in the community in the United States at this time", Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters Friday.

Messonnier also said some Americans who were aboard the Diamond Princess are now hospitalized in Japan, including some who are in serious condition.

CDC officials added that, since their last call, they have issued Level 1 travel advisories for Hong Kong and Japan, signifying that travelers may go there but should take precautions against infection. Then the lab results showing positive results among people not showing symptoms came in. The CDC's principal deputy director, Anne Schuchat, recommended that the 14 passengers be taken off the plane and receive medical attention in Japan. Plastic was dropped on all four sides of a block of 18 seats, with one entrance and one exit. "I think those people should not have been allowed on the plane", she furthered.

Messonnier said, "These are hard decisions that we're faced with every day, and we're making those decisions in real time".

If you've seen a jump in the number of COVID-19 cases, diagnosed in the the CDC, be aware that the numbers can be misleading.

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