New US coronavirus case puts officials on high alert

A person in California has been diagnosed with the virus, and for the first time in US, the virus spread without them being in close contact with someone who was known to be infected.
2:47 | 02/27/20

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We do and we'll start now with the CDC now confirming a person in California may be the first in the country to get infected through so-called community spread meaning the source of infection is unknown. Worldwide there are now cases in 49 countries and more than 82,000 cases confirmed around the globe, 60 of them here in America. U.S. Airlines are suspending flights and offering travel waivers for flights to Italy and South Korea and Japan closes all schools for weeks. Every school there closed. Steve osunsami will start us off at CDC headquarters in Atlanta tracking all the latest. Good morning, Steve. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Health officials have been greatly worried about these outbreaks happening across the world, worried that something similar could happen here and because of that, they are closely watching this case in California. There's now an American case of the coronavirus that has U.S. Health authorities on high alert this morning. The CDC has confirmed a person in northern California has come down with the virus and for the first time in this country the virus appears to have spread to this person without them having recently returned from a foreign country or without a close contact to someone who was already known to be infected. Investigators are now tracing this patient's recent movements and contacts to see who else may have been exposed. This is happening as California officials are working to track down the places and people who were visited by a Korean air lines flight attendant who has now tested positive for the coronavirus. Authorities say she worked international flights that came in and out of L.A.X. We're disinfecting L.A.X. Every hour. We're making sure that those points of entry and those places where we could see somebody come in and create a vector are as secure as we can make them. Reporter: The same flight attendant was working a flight from Israel on February 15th where 30 people were later diagnosed with the disease. On the east coast, health officials on Long Island are watching 83 people who may have been exposed to the virus. They were asked to voluntarily isolate themselves for 14 days. The panic has spread across the globe. An American soldier in south Korea has tested positive and the U.S. Military is now ordering extra screenings of all service members. The military is now restricting all nonessential department of defense travel to the republic of Korea. Health officials are screening all passengers who have traveled to mainland China and are arriving in the U.S. But so far despite the hundreds of people sick in Italy, no screening of passengers from that country. All right. Thank you so much.

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