REPORTS: Deadly Wuhan coronavirus detected in the US

A man leaves the Wuhan Medical Treatment Centre, where the first case of the novel coronavirus was confirmed in China. (Photo: CNBC.com)

The United States has detected its first case of the deadly SARS-like virus affecting parts of China and other Asian countries.

Later this afternoon (Jan. 21), the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to detail the first US case of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which has killed six people and infected 300 in four Asian countries.

The CDC is to convene a media briefing as the state of Washington becomes the epicentre of the first American case of 2019-nCoV.

According to reports from CNN and Reuters, a traveller from China has been diagnosed in Seattle with the Wuhan coronavirus. Public health officials have confirmed more than 300 cases of the illness, which has evoked memories of the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in China.

Health officials have also confirmed cases in Thailand, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

“It is unclear if this person recently traveled to China, where and how they became infected, and if this person has transmitted the virus to anyone else in the United States,” CNN reported.

The latest developments in the US come as Director-General for the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus called for an emergency meeting on Wednesday, to discuss the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

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