How to avoid the deadly coronavirus now in the US

First case of coronavirus identified in the United States by the CDC

Authorities are acting aggressively as the number of cases almost doubled to 291 over the weekend and stretched to five additional countries, including the first diagnosis in the U.S. The resident of Snohomish, Washington, had recently traveled to Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak, though he said he hadn't spent any time at the live-animal market where the virus is believed to have originated and didn't have contact with anyone who was sick.

"The World Health Organization (WHO) did not recommend thermal cameras for Turkey, but we took all precautions anyway, including thermal cameras.", the statement added. The symptoms include coughing, difficulty breathing and a fever and it can develop into a potentially fatal pneumonia. "How easily or sustainably this virus is spreading remains unknown". Fifteen medical personnel are among those infected in China.

Contrasting with its secrecy over the 2002-03 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that killed almost 800 people, China has this time given regular updates to try and head off panic as millions travel at home and overseas for the Lunar New Year. The National Institutes of Health are in the midst of developing a vaccine.

There was evidence that the virus was being spread through "respiratory transmission", Li said.

"They're healthy if they come in and if they're cases, we're going to make sure they're isolated and cared for", Azar said.

The infection is thought to have originated in a seafood market that also sold illegal wildlife meat, which has now been closed and sealed off.

On Wednesday, the authorities announced enhanced measures to contain the virus, including disinfection and ventilation at airports, train stations and shopping centres.

Health officials say confirmed cases have also been reported in Thailand, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the United States (with one case in Washington State).

All of the deaths so far have been from Wuhan, a city of 11 million people at the center of the outbreak.

A first case of the virus emerged in nearby Hong Kong on Wednesday, media reported.

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health and the CDC are working on a test that will allow doctors to rapidly diagnose the virus in the field, said Schaffner, though Messonnier cautioned that it could take time.

The news conference was the first one held by the Chinese government over the new virus since reports of mysterious pneumonia cases in Wuhan surfaced in late December, and apparently signals Beijing's commitment to information disclosure. Most tourists to North Korea are either Chinese or travel to the country through neighbouring China.

Concerned about a global outbreak similar to SARS, another coronavirus that spread from China to more than a dozen countries in 2002-2003, numerous nations have adopted screening measures for travellers from China, especially those arriving from Wuhan.

Experts called for being alert as there will be increased population mobility amid Chinese Lunar New Year.

San Francisco International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport in NY and Los Angeles International Airport, began screening for the coronavirus on January 17. "There have been some announcements this morning about flights that come direct from the affected region to Heathrow with some additional measures there", he told Sky News.

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