Wisconsin confirms first case of coronavirus

Wisconsin confirms first case of coronavirus

A patient who visited the University of Wisconsin-Madison University Hospital is confirmed to have the novel coronavirus, health officials said Wednesday.

Tests at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison helped detect the virus in the Dane County patient. According to a press release from the DHS, they recently travelled to Beijing, China, where they were exposed to confirmed cases of the virus.

"We are responding aggressively to the situation and monitoring all developments", said Wisconsin State Health Officer Jeanne Ayers.

The viral outbreak, first detected in December, has infected more than 28,200 people globally and caused more than 560 deaths in China. As of Wednesday, the CDC had confirmed 11 cases across five states: Arizona, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Washington.

Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services have confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the state. The patient is no longer in the hospital and is now in isolation at an undisclosed location. But, in each case, even if there are no symptoms, a person is watched closely for 14 days from the time they leave China. More than 28,000 people have been infected in 25 countries, CNN reports.

"We treat this like other diseases that we've prepared for like Ebola or things like that", said Dr. Joseph Krien, regional chair of clinical practice for Mayo Clinic Health System.

A deluge of those diagnoses may be on its way soon, as four additional planes repatriate Americans who had been trapped in Wuhan and as the newly-approved tests reach more labs.

"This public health crisis will not be solved with fear and discrimination", said Mayor Rhodes-Conway.

Though there have been only a dozen confirmed novel coronavirus infections in the US and no deaths, the outbreak has caused alarm around the Bay Area, with one of the nation's largest Chinese American communities and deep business ties to Asia.

"It is not a panic situation but it is a serious situation", Haupt said.

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