The deadly, fast-spreading Wuhan coronavirus has now reportedly made its way to the United States.
According to The New York Times, a yet-unidentified Washington state resident has been hospitalized with the first confirmed stateside case of the SARS-like respiratory disease, which seems to have originated in China late last week.
Reports suggest the individual, who is said to be from Snohomish County, Washington, was admitted last week with pneumonia symptoms following a trip to the region surrounding Wuhan, some 500 miles from coastal Shanghai.
Health officials confirmed Monday afternoon, however, that the patient was in fact infected with “novel coronavirus” — otherwise known as 2019-nCoV.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials have since that the patient, who is in his 30s, remains in good condition, NBC News reported.
BREAKING: WHO Director-General @DrTedros will convene an Emergency Committee on the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) under the International Health Regulations.
The Committee will meet on Wednesday, 22 January 2020. pic.twitter.com/w3w7ZuoTeG
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 20, 2020