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What we know so far about the coronavirus in Illinois

Chicago Tribune logo Chicago Tribune 1/24/2020 By Sophie Sherry, Chicago Tribune

A Chicago resident has been diagnosed with a case of the respiratory coronavirus infection that has killed at least 26 and sickened more than 800, the second confirmed case in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and prevent.

The first case was confirmed Tuesday, in Washington state after the outbreak began last month in the city of Wuhan, China.

More than 2,000 people across the United States had been screened for the virus as of Thursday, and 63 patients in 22 states were being investigated Friday because of possible signs of the virus, according to the CDC.

Here is what we know so far about the virus in Illinois:

The Chicago case

A Chicago woman in her 60s returned from a trip to Wuhan, China on Jan. 13 and a few days later began experiencing symptoms and was admitted to the hospital where infection control measures were taken, according to the CDC. After getting information about where she had traveled recently, her doctor worked with the CDC to have the woman tested for the cor

The patient remains hospitalized in an isolated room and is in stable condition. The Illinois Department of Public Health and The Chicago Department of Public Health are investigating locations where the patient may have gone after returning from Wuhan, but the CDC said had limited close contacts .

Airport screening

The CDC announced Tuesday it would begin screening people returning from Wuhan via O’Hare International Airport. The CDC has advised airports to look for sick travelers arriving from Wuhan who may have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing. O’Hare is one of five airports in the U.S. where authorities were rolling out screening for travelers.

More to come, but risk still low in U.S.

There will likely be more cases reported in the United States over the next days and weeks, according to the CDC. Still, the immediate risk of the virus to Americans is believed to be low at this time.


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