The US has reported its first confirmed case of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus – revealing that a traveller from China had been diagnosed by authorities in Seattle.
The Centres for Disease Control, the nation’s preeminent health institute, said the person had been been taken to hospital last week after suffering with pneumonia.
Reports said the individual had recently travelled to the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the current outbreak is believed to have originated.
The mysterious respiratory infection that has killed at least six people and sickened hundreds more in Asia.
The Washington Post said the person taken ill is man, who travelled to the city in Washington state before health officials began screening travellers from Wuhan at Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York’s John F. Kennedy international airports.