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From Wuhan to you and ...

Terence P. Jeffrey on

It happened in Chicago, but it did not start or stop there.

A 60-something-year-old woman from the Windy City traveled halfway around the world to Wuhan, China, this past December. Her husband stayed in Illinois. She came home on Jan. 13 -- and brought something with her.

She gave it to her husband.

"The individual did not have symptoms while traveling," Dr. Jennifer Layden, chief medical officer for the Illinois Department of Public Health, explained during a Jan. 24 press briefing sponsored by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But that, of course, was not the end of the story.

"A few days after arriving home, the patient began to feel unwell," Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Health, said in that briefing.

 

The doctors tried not to be alarmist as they discussed the problem this virus from Wuhan presented.

"Again, she was not symptomatic when flying, and based on what we know now about this virus, our concern for transmission before symptoms developed is low. So that is reassuring," said Arwady.

"Since returning from China, the patient has had limited movement outside her home," she continued.

"This is all very reassuring in terms of infection risk to the general public, which remains low nationally and locally here in Chicago," the doctor said.

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