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US C.D.C. Confirms First Possible Community Transmission of Coronavirus in U.S.

03:15  27 february  2020
03:15  27 february  2020 Source:   nytimes.com

New French health minister: "credible risk" of coronavirus pandemic

  New French health minister: New French health minister Olivier Veran said on Tuesday there is a "credible risk" China's coronavirus outbreak could turn into a pandemic, spreading across the world. © REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Newly-appointed French Health and Solidarity Minister Olivier Veran delivers a speech during the opening debate on the French government's pensions reform bill at the National Assembly in Paris, France, February 17, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier "This is both a working assumption and a credible risk," Veran told France Info radio.

The CDC confirmed Thursday the nation' s first person-to-person transmission of the coronavirus that has already killed at least 171 people in China. The transmission makes the U . S . at least the fifth country where the infection is now spreading through human-to-human contact.

Clusters of infection are likely in American communities , health officials said. Some lawmakers questioned whether the nation is prepared. Federal health officials starkly warned on Tuesday that the new coronavirus will almost certainly spread in the United States, and that hospitals, businesses

A person in California who was not exposed to anyone with the coronavirus and had not traveled to countries in which the virus is circulating has tested positive for the new coronavirus, representing what may be the first case of community spread here in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.

a group of people walking down a busy street © Ben Margot/Associated Press

“At this point, the patient’s exposure is unknown,” a C.D.C. statement said. “The case was detected through the U.S. public health system and picked up by astute clinicians.”

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