American evacuated from China quarantined at base
RIVERSIDE (AP) — One of the Americans evacuated from a Chinese city at the center of a new virus outbreak was quarantined after trying to leave a military base where the group is being monitored for signs of illness, California officials said Thursday.
The individual was one of 195 Americans held at the base and being watched for symptoms of the virus that has sickened thousands and killed more than 170 people. Most cases are in China, but the outbreak has spread to more than a dozen countries, and the World Health Organization declared a global emergency Thursday.
Officials in Riverside County ordered the person, who indicated a desire to leave March Air Reserve Base and tried to do so Wednesday night, quarantined for two weeks unless medically cleared sooner, said Jose Arballo Jr., a spokesman for the county’s public health agency.