The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday confirmed the first U.S. case of a new coronavirus that has killed six people in China.
The CDC and Washington state officials said the man, a Snohomish County resident in his 30s, was in good condition at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett. The symptoms presented Sunday, and the diagnosis was confirmed Monday.
Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, called the news “concerning,” particularly in light of reports that the virus has begun to spread from person to person.
“The confirmation of human-to-human spread in Asia certainly increases our concern,” Messonnier said.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday that he expected more cases in the U.S.
“Based on what we know now, risk to the general public is low,” Inslee said in a statement. “We take this very seriously and, while this is the first case in the U.S., there will likely be others.”