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US reports third case of novel coronavirus of unknown origin

By Agence France-Presse

US health officials on Friday reported a third case of the new coronavirus transmitted to a person who did not travel overseas or come in contact with anyone known to be ill, indicating the disease was spreading in the country.

FILE PHOTO: A woman wears a mask in Chinatown following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Chicago, Illinois, US January 30, 2020. (REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/File Photo/MANILA BULLETIN)

A woman wears a mask in Chinatown following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Chicago, Illinois, US January 30, 2020. (REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/File Photo/MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Authorities said the new case concerned a person living in the western state of Oregon. The adult patient, who has been hospitalized, was known to have had contact with people at an elementary school.

Two other similar cases have been reported in neighboring California this week.

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