New cases push US tally of China virus to 5

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. has five confirmed cases of the new virus from China, all among people who traveled to the city at the center of the outbreak, health officials said Sunday.

Two new cases were reported Sunday — one in Los Angeles County in California and the other in Maricopa County, Arizona. The latter case was someone with ties to Arizona State University who did not live in school housing and had a history of travel to Wuhan, China, state health officials said.

Officials with the Arizona Department of Health Services said the Maricopa County patient was not severely ill and was in isolation at home to keep the illness from spreading.

The LA patient alerted authorities that he wasn’t feeling well upon arriving at Los Angeles International Airport. The patient was taken by ambulance to a hospital, health officials said at a Sunday news conference.

Officials did not provide details about the patients.

The three previously reported cases were a patient in Orange County, California; a man in his 30s in Washington state; and a woman in her 60s from Chicago.

The virus can cause fever, coughing, wheezing and pneumonia. It is a member of the coronavirus family that’s a close cousin to the deadly SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects many more Americans to be diagnosed with the newly discovered virus, which is believed to have an incubation period of about two weeks.

On Sunday, China reported the death toll from the virus has risen to 80, with 2,744 confirmed cases. There were 769 new cases confirmed in the last 24 hours.

Citizens leave

The U.S. Consulate in Wuhan announced it will evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight on Tuesday.

At the same time, France’s government announced Sunday it will repatriate up to hundreds of French citizens from Wuhan.

Those French citizens who want to leave Wuhan will be taken on a direct flight to France, and then held in quarantine for 14 days, the French health minister announced.