A recent surge in coronaviruses in the United States may have been caused by the spread of the novel coronaviral strain, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report from CDC researchers said the virus is being passed in small quantities and is being transmitted through the air, through close contact with others, and through other direct contact with people.CDC investigators found that the number of people with the virus who are now living with it has nearly doubled from a previous peak of 6,000 cases in 2013.
The rate of transmission has also jumped.
The CDC said that in a small group of states, cases are increasing, especially in the Midwest, the West and the South.
In some of those states, the number is more than doubling, with a spike occurring in the Deep South.
In the past year, more than 100 cases have been reported in states including Louisiana, New Jersey, Ohio, Michigan, and West Virginia.
The outbreak was sparked by a pandemic that started in 2013 in China and spread to the United Kingdom, Australia, and Europe.
In total, nearly 11 million people have been infected, more in China than in the U.S.
The pandemic began in late 2015 and spread throughout China, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and elsewhere, according the CDC.
The virus then began spreading in other parts of Asia and Africa, including parts of South America.