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First case of Wuhan coronavirus occurs in US, CDC says

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Posted at 5:01 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 17:01:39-05

The first case of Wuhan coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States, the CDC said Tuesday.

According to the CDC, the patient had returned from a visit to the Wuhan province of China on Jan. 15.

The virus, which causes respiratory illnesses, including pneumonia, has now infected 300 people around the world and killed six people in five countries. Most of those cases occurred in Hubei province of China and other eastern Asian countries.

Screenings for the virus has not been recommended by the CDC for the passengers at the Indianapolis International Airport, said Jeni O'Malley, chief communications officer for the Indiana State Department of Health. If the CDC recommended screening, the state health department would partner with the Marion County Public Health Department to implement the screenign.

The CDC began screening for the virus at international airports in San Francisco, New York and LAX last week. The CDC will begin testing for the virus at airports in Atlanta and Chicago this week.

Initially, scientists believed that the virus only spread from animals — including camels, cats and bats — to people. On Tuesday, the CDC said there's now a "growing consensus" that there is "limited" person-to-person contraction of the virus.