The US has confirmed 15 cases of a new coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China.
The latest case was confirmed on Thursday at the Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas. A group of American evacuees from Wuhan are being quarantined there for 14 days. The infected patient is the first person under quarantine at the base to test positive for the virus.
The other US cases have been reported in seven states: Arizona, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Officials have recorded two cases of human-to-human transmission among family members.
The coronavirus has killed at least 1,370 people and infected more than 60,000 others since December. For the latest case total, death toll, and travel information, see Business Insider’s live updates here.
Beyond China, the outbreak has spread to 25 other countries: Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, the US, and Vietnam.
The coronavirus family is a large group of viruses that typically affect the respiratory tract. Coronaviruses can lead to illnesses such as the common cold, pneumonia, and SARS, which resulted in 8,000 cases and 774 deaths in China from November 2002 to July 2003.
Patients with COVID-19, as the new coronavirus is now known, have reported symptoms like fevers, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Most of the people who have died were elderly or otherwise unwell, Chinese officials have said.
Here’s everything we know about the cases in the US.