Airline passengers travelling from China screened for new coronavirus

Airline passengers travelling from China screened for new coronavirus

The World Health Organization reports there is no evidence of human-to-human spread of the new coronavirus that has sickened dozens, but says the possibility can not be ruled out. Late previous year, China reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause. The virus turned into once additionally disguise in Thailand and Japan in every case in these that had fair now visited Wuhan. So far, two people in China have died from this new virus officially called the 2019 Novel Corona Virus, while 41 others have been infected.

Three travelers - two now in Thailand and one in Japan - who visited Wuhan but not the market have been infected with the virus, suggesting human-to-human transmission may be possible and raising concerns of the virus's further spread. They report no sustained spread of this virus in the community, but there are indications that some limited person-to-person spread may have occurred.

The SARS-like virus is identified as a coronavirus, which can cause illnesses ranging from common colds to the potentially deadly SARS. According to the latest assessment available, at least 40 people have been identified in China, five of whom are in a serious condition.

Others wondered about the spread of the disease.

"There is also the possibility of super-spreading events". "That's why we're moving so quickly" with screening, she said.

When the illness first broke out, it sparked fears about a resurgence of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars), a flu-like virus that killed hundreds of people more than a decade ago.

Mode of transmission is unclear as of now.

For the screening, officials will check people's body temperatures and ask questions about certain symptoms, Cetron said. But the magnitude of these figures suggests that substantial human-to-human transmission can not be excluded.

"Much remains to be understood about the new coronavirus", it said.

Right now, "we believe the current risk from this virus to the general public [in the U.S.] is low", said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

In China itself, there has been no official announcement of screening measures, but Wuhan deputy mayor Chen Xiexin told state broadcaster CCTV that infrared thermometers had been installed at airports, railway stations and coach stations across the city.

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