A person living with the patient who was diagnosed with the coronavirus in Chicago has tested positive for the virus, marking this as the first instance of the virus being person to person spread in the United States.
According to NBC News, the new patient lives with a Chicago woman in her 60s who was diagnosed after returning from Wuhan, China, on January 13th. Wuhan, China, is known as the epicenter of the outbreak that’s now sickened upward of 8,000 people, killing 170 in China.
Shortly after returning, the unidentified woman started experiencing symptoms, including a fever and shortness of breath.
Public Health officials claim the woman had “very limited movement outside her home” following her return from China and did not take any public transit, nor did she attend any large gatherings.
Six confirmed cases have now been diagnosed with the new coronavirus in the U.S., two each in Illinois and California, and one each in Arizona and Washington state.