The US just evacuated nearly 200 Americans from Wuhan, China. The passengers reportedly cheered when they landed.
Nearly 200 US citizens were evacuated on Tuesday from Wuhan, China — the city where a coronavirus outbreak originated in December. The flight landed in Riverside, California, on Wednesday. The plane carried many state department employees who were working at the US consulate in Wuhan, as well as their families. None of the passengers showed symptoms of the virus, the CDC said. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
A flight carrying 195 US citizens landed at the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California, on Wednesday after departing from Wuhan, China — the origin city of a coronavirus outbreak that has killed 132 people and infected around 6,000. The plane carried many US state department employees who were working at the consulate in Wuhan, as well as their families. The youngest passenger on the flight was one-month old. Medical professionals were on board as well. "These passengers are happy to be back in the United States," Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a briefing on Wednesday. "I heard that the people on board cheered loudly when the plane touched down safely in Anchorage." A novel coronavirus The outbreak has spread to 17 countries outside of China: Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the US, and Vietnam. The US reported its first case on January 21, when a man in his 30s was confirmed sick in Snohomish County, Washington. Three days later, a woman in her 60s was confirmed sick in Chicago after traveling Wuhan in December. Three more US cases were confirmed on January 26: one in Los Angeles, one in Orange County, and another in Maricopa County, Arizona, which includes Phoenix.
The coronavirus family is a large group of viruses that typically affect the respiratory tract. Coronaviruses can lead to illnesses such as the common cold, pneumonia, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which resulted in 8,000 cases and 774 deaths in China from November 2002 to July 2003. The US evacuees were screened for fever and evaluated for respiratory systems before they took off from Wuhan. One person had a fever and was not allowed to board, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said during a news conference on Wednesday. Passengers were screened again after boarding the plane. Passengers agreed to stay in California for 3 days The US flight stopped to refuel on Tuesday evening in Anchorage, Alaska, where passengers once more had their temperature taken and got evaluated by medical professionals. They were also questioned about whether they had been in close contact with any coronavirus patients — but none had, according to NBC News. Then they received yet another evaluation when the plane landed in Riverside, where they were met on the tarmac by three buses and emergency vehicles.
The passengers have been assigned to living quarters at the air reserve base and have agreed to stay there voluntarily for up to three days. During that time, they'll be tested for the virus, and the samples will be sent to the CDC. Messonnier said three days "isn't a specific timeline," but it should give passengers "a little time to recuperate." If any of the evacuees start exhibiting any symptoms of the virus — like fever, coughing, runny noses, or trouble breathing — they'll be sent to local hospital. Healthy passengers will be allowed to return home if their tests come back negative, but they have been asked to monitor for symptoms for 14 days. Chinese health officials say the incubation period for the virus ranges from one to 14 days, during which time carriers can be infectious. "As you can imagine with a new disease, we are being cautious," Messonnier said. "We're trying hard to make sure that we can get them on their way as quickly as possible."
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According to CBS San Francisco, Santa Clara County health officials announced on Sunday a woman visiting family in the Bay Area from China was confirmed to have been struck with the virus. Within two hours, the San Benito County Public Health Services said a husband and wife, both 57, were infected with the virus. The husband had recently traveled to Wuhan and passed the virus on to his wife upon return to California. Last week, the first documented instance of human-to-human transmission of the virus in the US was identified in Illinois. The other US cases were reported in Illinois, Arizona, California, and Washington, and Massachusetts. In total, the outbreak has killed more than 362 people and infected more than 17,000 since it started in December. Beyond China, it has spread to 24 other countries: Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, the US, and Vietnam. The coronavirus family is a large group of viruses that typically affect the respiratory tract. Coronaviruses can lead to illnesses such as the common cold, pneumonia, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which resulted in 8,000 cases and 774 deaths in China from November 2002 to July 2003. Patients with the new coronavirus — known as 2019-nCoV — have reported symptoms like fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Those who have died were mostly elderly or otherwise unwell, according to Chinese officials. Here's everything we know about the seven cases in the US.The new cases in San Benito County, California, brings the total number of US cases up to 11. On Sunday, the San Benito County Health and Human Services Agency announced that two cases of the virus had been confirmed in the county. "The confirmed cases are related; husband and wife, and both are 57 years of age," the agency wrote in a statement. The statement continued: "The husband recently traveled from Wuhan, China. The wife did not. Therefore, there has been person-to-person transmission. Both patients have not left their home since returning from China. "San Benito County Public Health Services provided guidance for home isolation and is closely monitoring their medical condition. Currently, both patients are not hospitalized." Earlier on Sunday, a woman in the San Francisco Bay Area was confirmed as having the coronavirus. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department on Sunday confirmed that a Bay Area woman had contracted the virus while on a visit to Wuhan, China. "She has stayed home since she arrived, except for two times to seek outpatient medical care," Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County's health officer, told the press. "She has been regularly monitored and was never sick enough to be hospitalized." The woman's family has also been isolated and is not leaving the home, Cody added. On Friday, officials in Santa Clara County said a resident of the county tested positive for the coronavirus. Officials confirmed that an adult man who lives in the county tested positive for the virus. They said the man returned from a trip to Wuhan and Shanghai on January 24 and did not leave his home except to seek medical care. "We've been preparing for this possibility for weeks, knowing that we were likely to eventually confirm a case," Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County's health officer, said in a Friday press conference. Cody added that the man had come into contact with "very few individuals" since his return, including household members, but said officials were monitoring those people. The man did not need to be hospitalized and was being treated at home, she added. "We're actually quite lucky in this case in that I think the contact list is going to be very short," Cody said. Officials said the cases of the man and the woman who have been infected in Santa Clara County are not related. On Saturday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed that a man returning from Wuhan had contracted the illness. Massachusetts confirmed its first case of coronavirus on Saturday. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said in a statement that a man in his 20s, who lives in Boston, was confirmed to have picked up the illness in Wuhan. "The risk to the public from the 2019 novel coronavirus remains low in Massachusetts," the department said. It added: "The man recently traveled to Wuhan, China, and sought medical care soon after his return to Massachusetts. He has been isolated since that time and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials. His few close contacts have been identified and are being monitored for any sign of symptoms." The first US case was reported on January 21, when a man in his 30s was confirmed sick in Snohomish County, Washington. The patient contracted the virus after visiting Wuhan but did not exhibit any symptoms while traveling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is requiring 20 US airports — including those in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Chicago — to screen passengers for the virus. All flights in and out of Wuhan have been canceled. The man who contracted the virus landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport before the protocols were instated. Health officials said they were able to detect this case early, and the man has been under strict isolation. Chris Spitters, a health officer for the Snohomish Health District, said during a CDC briefing on January 21 that the patient was "hospitalized out of an abundance of precaution and for short-term monitoring, not because there was severe illness." The man is in good health now, according to a spokesman at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, Herald Net reported. Three days later, a woman in her 60s became the second case reported in the US. She is being treated in Chicago, Illinois. The woman traveled to Wuhan in December to care for her elderly father, then returned to Chicago on January 13. She did not exhibit any symptoms while traveling but called her doctor a few days after returning to the US to report that she was feeling unwell. The patient was sent to a local hospital, where she was isolated and given fluids. Doctors are treating her symptoms much like they would treat pneumonia. As of January 24, the woman was in stable condition, the CDC said, according to Chicago's ABC7 News. Local health officials said she did not take public transportation or attend any public gatherings. "I want to start by stating clearly: This is a single travel-associated case, not a local emergency," Allison Arwady, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said, according to ABC. "I can reassure you that even with this Chicago case, the health risk to the general public from novel coronavirus remains low at this time." The CDC confirmed that the spouse of the Chicago patient also contracted the virus. His case represents the first person-to-person spread of the virus in the US. The woman's spouse had not traveled to China. Three other US cases were confirmed on January 26: two in California and one in Arizona. On January 22, a Wuhan resident who was traveling through Los Angeles International Airport on his way to China reported that he wasn't feeling well to airport staff. He was immediately taken to a local hospital. The second California case was identified in Orange County. The patient there is being kept in isolation in a hospital and is reported to be doing well. In Arizona, meanwhile, a patient is also in isolation. The person lives in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix. Health officials described the patient as "a member of the Arizona State University community" but said the person did not live in university housing. All three patients recently traveled from Wuhan. At least 241 people across 36 states had been tested or were awaiting tests for the virus as of Saturday. The CDC reported that 114 people have tested negative for the virus as of January 31. "At this time this virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States," the CDC said on Saturday. On Sunday, the Department of Homeland Security announced new travel restrictions and said airline passengers who have been in China in the last 14 days will be screened on arrival and may be subject to quarantine. Those who have the coronavirus reported symptoms like fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing. The CDC recommends that all travelers wash their hands frequently with soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. They should refrain from touching their eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. The US government evacuated 195 Americans from Wuhan on Tuesday. The flight landed at the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California, on Wednesday. It carried US state department employees who were working at the consulate in Wuhan, as well as their families. All of the passengers will be kept under quarantine for 14 days, the CDC announced on Friday. All of Wuhan's public transportation — including buses, ferries, and trains — was shut down last week. Trains and airplanes coming in and out of the city were halted, and roadblocks were installed to keep taxis and private cars from exiting the city. Wuhan's 11 million residents were told not to leave the city, barring special circumstances. Morgan McFall-Johnsen contributed reporting for this story. Read more: The Wuhan coronavirus has killed at least 200 people and infected more than 9,700. Here's everything we know about the outbreak. The Wuhan coronavirus has spread to 22 countries. Here's how to protect yourself while traveling. Health experts issued an ominous warning about a coronavirus pandemic 3 months ago. The virus in their simulation killed 65 million people. The outbreaks of both the Wuhan coronavirus and SARS likely started in Chinese wet markets. Photos show what the markets look like.