Flight attendant tests positive for coronavirus

Global health officials say the number of new infections outside China outpaced the rate of infections in that country for the first time.
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the air. Traffic backed up for miles. Good evening and it's great to have you with us here on this Wednesday night. And we begin tonight with the coronavirus emergency. President trump set to address the outbreak shortly, and it comes after the CDC warned Americans to be prepared here at home. That it's not a matter of if, but when. Tonight, there are now more new cases being reported outside China than inside China for the first time. The virus spreading across the globe including at least 60 cases right here in the U.S. And at least eight states. Spreading quickly across Europe tonight, as well. At least 13 European countries now. In Italy alone, at least 440 now infected. The death toll there, at least 12. And the first U.S. Service member has now been diagnosed in South Korea. And here at home tonight, the CDC is now investigating reports a flight attendant has been diagnosed with the virus. She had flown into and out of L.A.X. Airport in Los Angeles. And just today, the mayor said they are trying to disinfect the airport. And so we begin tonight with ABC's Steve osunsami at the CDC in Atlanta. Reporter: They're working overtime tonight in Los Angeles at L.A.X., disinfecting the airport, to help prevent any possible spread of the coronavirus. A Korean airlines flight attendant, who is believed to have worked flights in and out of the airport, tested positive today for the virus. The same flight attendant was working a flight from Israel February 15th, where 30 people were later diagnosed with the disease. 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 possibly make them. Reporter: In Korea, a U.S. Soldier has come down with the coronavirus. The military is ordering extra screenings of all service members. These are pictures tonight from onboard a cruise ship that's circling the caribbean. Both Jamaican and cayman island authorities are refusing to let the ship dock because someone on the boat is sick. The ship's medical staff believes the patient is sick with the flu. But the islands aren't taking any chances, and tonight, the ship is headed to Mexico. Just being told there's one guy with flu and -- we'll dock tonight in Mexico, but not told if we can get off the ship or not. Really frustrating. Reporter: The latest from global health officials -- this is the current heat map, with the virus spreading to 16 European countries in less than a week. In Italy, where more than 400 people have died from the coronavirus, all catholic masses have been cancelled in Milan. But the pope still celebrated Ash Wednesday in Rome. Our James Longman is in the country. Italy is one of the most popular destinations for American students. Thousands come here every year. But now, at least five U.S. Universities are suspending their study abroad programs because of coronavirus. Reporter: Study abroad students are packing their bags tonight. And here are my other friends over here who are packing, in my apartment. We're getting on an early flight tomorrow. Please don't make us leave! We're really sad. Reporter: Back home in the U.S., there are 59 cases of coronavirus here and health officials say that American families should be prepared for similar outbreaks. Let's get back to Steve osunsami live outside the CDC. And Steve, we're just learning about residents on Long Island, New York, tonight being asked to self-quarantine and reports that in many Massachusetts and likely other places self-quarantining, as well? Reporter: That's right, David. Call it a coronavirus watch. We're learning that 83 people on Long Island are being told to voluntarily quarantine themselves, to keep away from their families for 14 days after visiting mainland China. And in Massachusetts, we're learning that there are hundreds of people who are having to get through the same voluntary quarantine.

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