China Virus Spreads To New Cities, More Cases Of Pneumonia Confirmed

The US will screen passengers at three airports to detect travellers from the central Chinese city of Wuhan who may have symptoms of a new respiratory virus

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Chinese authorities believe a new coronavirus -- the family of the deadly SARS and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) viruses - may be the cause of the mysterious pneumonia cases in the city, Scientific American magazine reported.

Coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, such as the common cold, but can also affect the lower-respiratory tract, causing pneumonia or bronchitis.

"It's probably that the Wuhan outbreak of a novel coronavirus has precipitated considerably more cases of reasonable or severe respiratory illness than now reported", the document acknowledged, in maintaining with Sky News.

Health authorities also said on Monday that two people in Beijing and one in the city of Shenzhen in the southern province of Guangdong had been confirmed with the virus.

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it would begin screening passengers arriving from Wuhan at San Francisco, Los Angeles, and John F. Kennedy Airport in NY, looking for signs of respiratory infections.

China's National Health Commission said an "animal source seems the most likely source" of the virus, but there was "some limited human-to-human transmission occurring between close contacts". There were two cases in Thailand, one in Japan, and a woman was quarantined at an airport in South Korea, all of whom had traveled to Wuhan.

China's President Xi Jinping has pledged to curb the spread of a coronavirus outbreak in the country. The virus turned into once additionally disguise in Thailand and Japan in every case in these that had fair now visited Wuhan.

Causing great concern is the Chinese New Year celebrations that will begin next Saturday and last until February 8. They added that the virus was "still preventable and controllable". Both patients had traveled to Wuhan and experienced fever-like symptoms.

Instead, they say, the virus has crossed the species barrier and come from infected animals at a seafood and wildlife market in Wuhan. All three involved people from Wuhan or who recently visited the city.

The commission said there were no cases of the virus spreading between people, but authorities remain on high alert, with plans to screen everyone leaving Wuhan.

The new virus belongs to the same family of corona-viruses that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed almost 800 people globally during a 2002/03 outbreak that also started in China.

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