Illinois reports 1st person-to-person novel coronavirus spread in US
By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, Dr Robert Redfield announced today the first person-to-person novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United States.
The case, from Chicago, Illinois, is the husband of the first novel coronavirus case in the state. The patient did not travel to Wuhan, China. He is currently in stable condition.
This is the sixth confirmed case in the US.
The Illinois Department of Health reports aggressively investigating contacts.
THE AVAILABLE EVIDENCE MOST STRONGLY SUPPORTS THAT THE 2019-NCOV VIRUS IS A VACCINE STRAIN OF CORONAVIRUS EITHER ACCIDENTALLY RELEASED FROM A LABORATORY ACCIDENT, PERHAPS A LABORATORY RESEARCHER BECOMING INFECTED WITH THE VIRUS WHILE CONDUCTING ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS, OR THE CHINESE WERE PERFORMING CLINICAL STUDIES OF A CORONAVIRUS VACCINE IN HUMANS.
IF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN CONDUCTING HUMAN TRIALS AGAINST SARS, MERS, OR OTHER CORONAVIRUSES USING RECOMBINED VIRUSES, THEY MAY HAVE MADE THEIR CITIZENS FAR MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO ACUTE RESPIRATORY DISTRESS SYNDROME UPON INFECTION WITH 2019-NCOV CORONAVIRUS.
The implications are clear: if China sensitized their population via a SARS vaccine, and this escaped from a lab, the rest of world has a serious humanitarian urgency to help China, but may not expect as serious an epidemic as might otherwise be expected.
In the worst-case scenario, if the vaccination strain is more highly contagious and lethal, 2019-nCoV could become the worst example of vaccine-derived contagious disease in human history.