Latest news about infectious diseases
THURSDAY, February 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) – After the spread mitigation chart earlier this week, new cases of coronavirus infections in China increased by nearly 15,000 in one day, while the number of deaths soaring to 1,367, Chinese health officials reported Thursday.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that two new cases have been confirmed in the country, increasing the total from 13 to 15.
Both new cases involving patients were among the hundreds of American evacuees from China's Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak.
The latest case, announced on Thursday, "was among a group of people on a federal isolation order at JBSA-Lackland in Texas because of their recent flight to the US on a flight leased by the State Department on July 7 2 2020, "CDC said in a statement.
"Individuals are currently isolated and receiving medical care at a nearby designated hospital," the agency said.
The CDC added that testing of all evacuees is still ongoing and "there will likely be more (identified) cases in the coming days and weeks."
"Most diseases are in China. However, we can and should prepare for this new virus to have a foothold in the US," said Dr. Nancy Messonier, director of the National Center for Immunology and Respiratory Diseases. CDC, said during a press conference held on Wednesday. "At some …