Massachusetts Records First Case of Wuhan Coronavirus

Posted on February 1, 2020

A Boston man has been diagnosed as the first case of the Wuhan novel coronavirus in Massachusetts. This is the eighth case in the United States.

The man is in his 20s and recently arrived in the U.S. from Wuhan, China. His exact return date was not identified.

NBC Boston reports that the man has been isolated since he sought medical aide and his contacts are being monitored.

Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel says in the announcement, "We are grateful that this young man is recovering and sought medical attention immediately. Massachusetts has been preparing for a possible case of this new coronavirus, and we were fortunate that astute clinicians took appropriate action quickly. Again, the risk to the public from the 2019 novel coronavirus remains low in Massachusetts."

The CDC maintains a count of Patients Under Investigation (PUI) in the United States but it is only updated three days a week. It would be much better if this list was updated daily.

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