A person in California has been diagnosed with the new corona virus, despite the fact that he has no “relevant travel history” or exposure to someone who is known to have the disease, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today issued a statement by email said.
This is perhaps the first instance of “community spread,” a term that the public health community uses to say that the cause of the disease is unknown, the CDC said in the release. It is also possible that the patient was exposed to a person who had traveled and did not realize that they were infected. The Washington Post reported this person was in Northern California.
The CDC statement came just after President Donald Trump ended a press conference where he named Vice President Mike Pence as the leader of the American response to the new corona virus, also known as COVID-19. Pence, as governor of Indiana, has reduced funding for public health initiatives and delayed the introduction of needle exchanges, leading to worst outbreak of HIV in the history of Indiana. Pence replaces the Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar.
The corona virus originated in China, which still is where most cases are. There are also outbreaks of diseases in South Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran. To date, more than 80,000 confirmed cases and more than 2,700 deaths.