Confirmed: First Case Of Coronavirus Hits US

A US resident who recently traveled to China has been diagnosed with the coronavirus that has sickened more than 300 people and killed at least six in China.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday the patient is responding well to treatment and was not severely ill.

Besides the United States, Reuters reports cases outside of China have been reported in South Korea, Thailand and Japan.

CDC officials said they have begun tracking down individuals who came in contact with the patient to check them for symptoms.

We do expect additional cases in the United States and globally. Dr. Nancy Messonnier CDC Respiratory Diseases Expert

The CDC is working with the U.S. National Institutes of Health to develop diagnostics and a vaccine.

However, officials say it could take at least a year of testing before any vaccine could be used on the public.

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Al Jazeera English 19 Feb 2020 14:00 CET

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