Second coronavirus case confirmed in San Diego

Grant Boone
February 14, 2020

A fifteenth American has coronavirus, U.S. officials announced Thursday.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a federal agency, is working with health departments in the cities, Azar said during a Senate Finance Committee hearing in Washington.

Dr. Randy Taplitz, an expert on infectious diseases with UC San Diego Health, updated the media Thursday on the patients' respective conditions.

Since Chinese authorities first identified the virus in 44 people in December, it has spread to 25 countries and infected 45,171 people, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) Wednesday report.

There will likely be additional cases in the coming days and weeks, including among other people recently returned from Wuhan.

The patient, who was isolated at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas was on the same plane as the evacuees who made their way to Omaha and then onto Ashland last Friday.

Travelers arrive to LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal wearing medical masks for protection against the novel coronavirus outbreak in Los Angeles, Calif., on February 2, 2020.

JBSA is one of four sites across the country housing US citizens evacuated from Hubei province in China Feb. 7 on planes chartered by the State Department.

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Another evacuee tested positive for the virus on Monday after almost being sent back from the hospital to the group quarantined at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego. The delay in diagnosis might contribute to the disease's spread as patients under investigation (PUI) will remain unconfirmed as having the disease.

But she said the CDC received word that the tests weren't performing as expected and that the state labs were getting inconclusive results.

This patient is the first individual under quarantine who has experienced symptoms and tested positive.

The hospital sent their specimens to a CDC lab in Atlanta for testing.

The newest case is the 14th confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in the United States and the eighth case in California.

"I don't think we should be planning for the onesie-twosie cases that we've been seeing thus far in the United States", Asha George, executive director of the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense, told lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

'At some point, we're likely to see community spread in the USA, ' she said during a press briefing.

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