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Washington (People’s Daily) -- An adult in Wisconsin with a history of travel to Beijing, China, has contracted the coronavirus, the state health department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed on Wednesday.
The patient was exposed to known cases while in China. The individual is isolated at home, and is doing well, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services said in a statement.
There are now 12 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States and the first confirmed case in Wisconsin.
To date, six cases have been confirmed in California, one in Massachusetts, one in Washington state, one in Arizona, two in Illinois and now one in Wisconsin. There are two cases of person-to-person transmission, one in Illinois and one in California.
CDC has listed 293 people under investigation for the coronavirus in 36 states as of Feb. 5, according to an update posted to the agency's website Wednesday. Among them, 206 were negative and 76 are still pending.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday granted emergency use approval for state public health laboratories to start testing for the new coronavirus using kits developed by the CDC.
CDC will distribute 200 test kits for coronavirus to domestic labs, and another 200 test kits to international labs. Each test kit can analyze 700-800 patient samples.
Health officials expected these kits will result in states announcing their own confirmed cases, rather than waiting for confirmation from the CDC, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters Wednesday in a telebriefing.