Two people tested positive for the new corona virus after attending a pro-Israel lobby group conference in Washington that included Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and dozens of lawmakers.
The influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) emailed attendees, speakers, and convention bureaus that the infected couple had traveled from New York to attend the event, March 1-3.
"We have confirmed that at least two New York Policy Conference attendees tested positive for the coronavirus," said AIPAC in the message posted on his Twitter account.
Officials said Friday that 22 new cases had been confirmed in the state of New York, mainly in a Westchester County cluster north of New York City, bringing the total to 44.
"We continue to communicate with the Westchester County Health Department and the DC Health Department, which coordinates with the New York Health Department and national health agencies," added AIPAC.
AIPAC later issued a statement Friday that was attributed to the Washington health authorities that no immediate risk to the participants had been identified. DC Public Health was not available for comment.
The event attracted several high profile attendees, including Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and the hopeful democratic former White House Mike Bloomberg.
Pence is a leader in the US response to the novel corona virus.
Legislators of all political backgrounds make a yearly pilgrimage to AIPAC to pledge their support for the State of Israel on a large stage.
Around 18,000 people from the United States were expected to attend the conference, which is typically attended by around two-thirds of Congress members.
Hundreds of participants flooded Capitol Hill during the event.
"If you test positive for coronavirus, we urge you to inform your local health authorities so that they can properly coordinate the response to this situation with the relevant health authorities," said AIPAC.
The virus has now killed over 3,450 people and infected more than 100,000 in 92 countries since the outbreak first occurred in China in December. Over 3,000 of these deaths were in China.
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