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dir="ltr">The second U.S. incident of the deadly coronavirus that’s spreading in China has been announced in Illinois.
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced they have sent teams to help state and local health officials after a woman in her sixties returned from China to Chicago and came down with symptoms that were later confirmed as the novel coronavirus.
While the patient had been back in Chicago since Jan. 13, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngoze Ezike said she had only recently notified a hospital.
“In the following days, the individual began experiencing symptoms,” Ezike said.
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Officials said the patient did “everything right” and stayed out of public places, called ahead before entering a hospital, which allowed them to isolate her so that they don’t expect an outbreak.
“This is a single travel-associated case, not a local emergency,” said Dr. Allison Arwady with the Chicago Department of Public Health.
Officials said the woman is in stable condition.
Because the virus is what’s known as a “novel strain,” health officials are still learning about how it's transmitted, all of the symptoms, who is more vulnerable, and how to fight it. So far, the primary symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Until health officials can learn more about the virus, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said people should take the same precautions as they would to stop the flu.
“Take care to wash your hands,” he said. “Call ahead and then visit a doctor if you’re experiencing any symptoms.”
The virus has killed more than two dozen people in China and sickened thousands, many of whom were young and healthy. CDC officials said they’re monitoring 63 suspected cases across 22 states.