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Patient Tests Positive for Novel Coronavirus in Orange County in 3rd Documented Case in U.S.

Background image: Color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of Vero E6 cells infected with MERS Coronavirus. Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility in Ft. Detrick, Maryland. Credit: NIAID

Public health officials in Orange County have confirmed California’s first case of the deadly coronavirus, after confirmation test results were received by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) late Jan. 25.

The case, a traveler from Wuhan, China, has been in contact with the OC Health Care Agency’s (HCA) Communicable Disease Control Division, and was provided guidance in order to reduce exposure to the public while awaiting laboratory confirmation from the CDC. The individual has now been transported to a local hospital and is in isolation in good condition.

The HCA, in consultation with the CDC and the California Department of Public Health, is following up directly with all individuals who have had close contact with the case and are at risk of infection.

According the HCA officials, there is no evidence that person-to-person transmission has occurred in Orange County and the current risk of local transmission remains low.

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