A total of 20 previously confirmed cases have been confirmed in Southern California and 16 in Orange County.
This is the first confirmed case of the newly identified coronavirus, identified only as 1A, in the U.S. so far…
Also of concern is the number of children who have fallen ill in the last two weeks. At least three of those who have been hospitalized are the children of patients at UCLA Medical Center. “They are under observation,” said Dr. Eric J. Skidmore, surgeon and director of the adult infection center, which includes an intensive care unit. The cases have been occurring around the Los Angeles area after recent travels by infected travelers or residents of West Africa.
The first child became ill at UCLA Medical Center on Saturday September 8th and later was admitted to the hospital’s ICU .
On Sunday, September 9, the mother of the third child became ill and has since been transferred to the Hospital of the University of California at Los Angeles Hospital for care. This child was admitted to the hospital with fatigue and the children’s symptoms are similar to the other two children.
It appears that the first child contracted the coronavirus from exposure to her father who also has developed symptoms (bacterial meningitis) but has been symptom-free. The third child is not on anti-viral medication.
While the virus is new to the United States, it is considered to have killed people in many African countries and is not known to have been used in most of the United States. Even though the coronavirus is still very rare in the U.S. patients who are hospitalized with the illness will often be quarantined until the symptoms lessen. When symptoms do get better, they usually last only six to twelve days.
Although CDC is on high alert a case of the virus is expected to be confirmed within the next few days and some local health officials are monitoring patients’ levels of immune, stress, and other antibodies. CDC is closely monitoring patients, families and neighbors as part of its standard case management procedures to ensure that any cases of the disease do not spread beyond the family.
Anyone becoming ill after an exposure to people who are ill also is in effect infectious for five to 21 days after the exposure.