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Coronavirus: US Confirms First Person-to-Person Spread


The man’s wife, who is in her 60s, is now the second American to be infected after she returned from a trip to Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday revealed that her husband has now tested positive for the virus

Speaking with reporters, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, said what has been seen in China and other countries with the virus, experts have expected some person-to-person spread in the US.


“We understand that this may be concerning, but based on what we know now, we still believe the immediate risk to the American public is low.”

The couple, who have not been identified, are now both being isolated at St Alexius Hospital in Hoffman Estates, a suburb of Chicago.


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According to officials from the Illinois Department of Health, the wife is ‘doing well,’ and the husband is ‘stable.’


The wife traveled to Wuhan – where the virus originated – in late December to take care of her elderly father.

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