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‘Mysterious’ nCoV infections cause concern in California

'Mysterious' nCoV infections cause concern in California 1
'Mysterious' nCoV infections cause concern in California 1

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cannot determine where these two patients were infected with nCoV.

A resident of San Francisco, California on February 27.

The US has detected 63 cases of nCoV infection, but most are people returning from Wuhan, people who have traveled abroad and passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

`Today we are more worried than yesterday,` Dr. William Schaffner, infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said on February 28.

`This case signals to us that it’s time to change the way we deal with nCoV,` said Sara Cody, public health officer for California’s Santa Clara district.

President Donald Trump said on February 26 at a press conference that the risk of nCoV in the US is `very low`.

`The question is no longer whether it will happen in the US, it’s just a matter of when and how many people will get sick,` she said.

Experts say health officials in two California counties need to review samples of people who have been hospitalized or died from respiratory illness in recent weeks.

Santa Clara County is the `heart` of Silicon Valley, where Google and Apple are headquartered.

The patient `mysteriously` infected with nCoV in Santa Clara was an elderly woman with a chronic illness.

In Solano district, where the first case of unknown origin was discovered, officials on February 27 declared a medical emergency.

Solano County is home to Travis Air Force Base, a quarantine facility for hundreds of Americans returning from Asia.

Some people quarantined at Travis base have tested positive for nCoV.

Outside the air base, everyone seemed quite calm.

Garske feels the virus is `closer to her` but believes she will not be infected.

Nern Lewis, who lives near Travis Air Force Base, isn’t afraid either.

The Solano County patient was initially treated at NorthBay VacaValley Hospital in Vacaville and then taken by ambulance to the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

`I’m worried this will affect my baby,` said Vickie Poncalo, a cashier at the hospital’s cafe, who is 7 months pregnant.

In the gift shop, Madeline Daniels is thinking about ways the virus could spread.

Peter L. Beilenson, director of the Sacramento County Health Department, said officials are preparing to deal with the risk of the epidemic spreading in Northern California.

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