An eighth case of coronavirus in the United States has been confirmed in a male University of Massachusetts—Boston student who recently returned from traveling in Wuhan, China, health officials said Saturday, Feb. 1.
The man sought medical care after his return on Jan. 29 and he’s been under quarantine at his home. Heath officials have identified his close contacts and are monitoring them for symptoms.
“We are grateful that this young man is recovering and sought medical attention immediately,” Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel said in the statement. “Massachusetts has been preparing for a possible case of this new coronavirus, and we were fortunate that astute clinicians took appropriate action quickly.”
This is the first case in Massachusetts. the other seven confirmed cases include three people in California, one in Washington state, one in Arizona, and two in Illinois.
A patient in New York City, who recently traveled to Wuhan—the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China—is being tested, according to The New York Times.
The U.S. government on Friday declared the novel coronavirus a public health emergency, and President Donald Trump signed a proclamation barring the entry of foreign nationals who have traveled in China in the last two weeks.
As of Saturday, there are 14,380 cases in China and the death toll from the virus has risen to more than 300.
A man died of the coronavirus in the Philippines on Saturday, making him the first fatality outside of China. The 44-year-old Chinese man from Wuhan was admitted onJan. 25 after experiencing fever, a cough, and sore throat, he appeared to have been infected before arriving in the Philippines, the World Health Organization said.