CHICAGO — A second case of coronavirus has been reported in Chicago.
A woman in her 60s was confirmed to have the virus on Friday, marking the first case in Chicago and second in the nation. The potentially deadly virus has now been found in her husband, marking the first person-to-person transmission of the virus in the United States, officials said Thursday.
In all, there have been six cases of coronavirus confirmed in the United States. Throughout the world, more than 7,700 have the virus and 170 people have died from it, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The World Health Organization is meeting Thursday to determine if it should declare the epidemic a public health emergency.
The virus is a “very serious public health situation,” officials from the Centers for Disease Control said Thursday.
But people do not need to wear masks or make changes to their everyday behavior, officials have said.
The woman from Chicago who was infected went to Wuhan, China, in December and returned on Jan. 13. She was not symptomatic while traveling, but developed minor symptoms and sought care after returning home to Chicago.
The woman did not have “extended close contact with anyone outside her home” and had “very limited movement outside her home,” officials said last week, adding she hadn’t taken public transportation or been at large gatherings.
The woman won’t be released from the hospital until she no longer shows symptoms. Healthcare workers helping her and people the woman was close to are being monitored for symptoms of the virus.
Last week, city officials teamed up with federal and state agencies, as well as the CDC, to start a screening program at O’Hare Airport for people flying in from Wuhan.
The virus was first discovered in Wuhan.
The virus is related to the common cold and is spread through things like coughing and sneezing.