CDC: First U.S. Human-to-Human Transmission of Coronavirus Reported In Illinois


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Centers for Disease Control confirmed Thursday the first human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus in the U.S. in Illinois.

The CDC said the second case in Illinois is the husband of a Chicago woman, who was the first case of conronavirus in Illinois.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the woman in her 60’s traveled to Wuhan, China in late December. She flew back to Chicago on Jan. 13 and began experiencing symptoms a few days after arriving home, health officials said. The woman called her doctor after symptoms arose. 

"This is exactly what any potentially ill returning traveler from Wuhan should do. Call ahead and seek medical care," said Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health Dr. Allison Arwady.

She was admitted to a hospital and placed in isolation, health officials said. Further testing confirmed the virus. She has been reported to be doing well and is in stable condition. The woman remains in isolation at St. Alexius Hospital in Hoffman Estates.

The details about the husband’s condition was not immediately available. Officials said he began to show symptoms and was put in isolation at a local hospital.

Officials said testing showed he has coronavirus and is in stable condition.

This is the second case of coronavirus in Illinois and it is believed to be the sixth confirmed case in the U.S.

Health officials in Porter County, in Northwest Indiana have been evaulating another patient for the possibility of coronavirus. Test results are expected later Thursday.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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