An evacuee from China has tested positive for the coronavirus in Texas — marking the 15th US case of the deadly illness, officials announced Thursday.
The patient, who was under quarantine at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, was confirmed Wednesday night to have the virus known as COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The individual is currently isolated and receiving medical care at a designated hospital nearby,” the agency said in a statement.
The person was a “solo traveler” who arrived on a chartered flight Feb. 7 from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, officials said.
More than 600 people are under quarantine across the country after fleeing on flights from the central Chinese city, which is on lockdown from the epidemic.
“There will likely be additional cases in the coming days and weeks, including among other people recently returned from Wuhan,” the CDC noted.
Texas had previously no reported cases of the coronavirus and other evacuees on the San Antonio base are being monitored for symptoms.
The coronavirus has killed more than 1,300 people and infected more than 48,000 in China, but there have been no deaths in the US.
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