First US evacuee from China to have coronavirus mistakenly released from hospital


Confirmed U.S. cases of this novel coronavirus reached 13, after a case was confirmed in an American evacuee out of Wuhan, China who is now being housed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

Personnel in protective clothing approach an aircraft, chartered by the US State Department to evacuate government employees and other Americans from the novel coronavirus threat in the Chinese city of Wuhan, after it arrived at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California, US, Jan. 29, 2020.

The CDC reports they were made aware of the individual through protocols established by the U.S. CDC. "However, based on our experience with other coronaviruses, we don't believe these individuals pose a risk to the community because we're doing all that we can to take the measures to minimize any potential exposures".

Contracting the virus is unlikely unless someone has traveled recently to China or contacted someone with the virus.

Worldwide, there are now 43,141 confirmed cases of this new coronavirus, with the majority - 42,670 - occurring in mainland China.

In the US, experts say that Americans should be "more concerned" about the seasonal flu than this coronavirus.

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But she expressed regret when Philippine crew members couldn't disembark in Manila and see their families, as they'd hoped. The ship operator announced the additional confirmed cases as tested by the Japanese Ministry of Health.

The individual, who will be tested, has voluntarily agreed to remain at home, in accordance with federal CDC guidelines.

Symptoms may include fever or signs of a lower respiratory illness such as cough or shortness of breath. "Maine CDC is not now releasing further details to protect the person's privacy".

They say the person is not associated with the alternative housing provided to some students from Colby College.

The patient was doing well and had minimal symptoms on Monday, according to CNN. "At this point, 37 states have sent samples to the U.S. CDC for testing, and the vast majority of those tests have come back negative", Nirav Shah, director of the Maine CDC, said in the agency's statement. "Right now, the best thing ME people can do is to practice good hygiene, stay home if you feel sick, and share your recent travel history with medical providers if you experience fever, cough, or difficulty breathing". Flu season runs from October through May.

The US has imposed mandatory quarantines and travel restrictions with China to slow the spread of coronavirus within the country.