New US coronavirus case may be 1st from unknown origin

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. questions Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, during the House Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials have confirmed a new case of coronavirus infection in California that could be a sign that the virus is spreading in a U.S. community.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the case Wednesday night. It is a person in California who had no known travel to a country where a virus outbreak has been taking place, or connection to a known patient.

The agency did not immediately release additional details.

All of the 60 other cases in the U.S. had traveled from abroad or had been in close contact with those who traveled. Health officials have been on high alert for what they call community spread.

Earlier U.S. cases included 14 in people who traveled back from outbreak areas in China, or their spouses;…

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