"To further protect the health of the American public during the emergence of this novel coronavirus, CDC is beginning entry screening at three ports of entry", said Dr. Martin Cetron, director of CDC's division of global migration and quarantine, in a statement.
The new virus is from the same large family of coronaviruses that includes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed almost 800 people globally during a 2002/03 outbreak that also started in China. Memories remain fresh in Asia of a 2002/03 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which emerged in China and killed almost 800 people worldwide.
The new virus has caused alarm because of its connection to SARS, which killed almost 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003.
Passengers landing at Los Angeles International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, and John F. Kennedy International Airport in NY are examined for symptoms of viral pneumonia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. India, Japan, Taiwan and several other countries too have alerted their citizens to exercise caution in this regard.
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A 45-year-old Indian schoolteacher in China's Shenzhen city is suffering from a new strain of pneumonia, whose outbreak was first reported in the city of Wuhan, PTI reported on Sunday. The coronavirus is part of same family as the SARS, and the Middle East respiratory syndrome.
At least a half-dozen countries in Asia also have started screening incoming airline passengers from central China. A lot of them appear to have left for home for the Chinese New Year holidays.
Among those 17 cases, three were described as "severe", two patients are too critical to be moved, authorities said, AFP reported.
But the study, by Imperial College London, suggests that an estimated 1,723 people were likely to have been infected by January 12. "So, how are people getting infected from a potential animal source", said Van Kerkhove.
Passengers arriving from Wuhan, China will be checked for symptoms of fever, coughing and difficulty breathing.
The outbreak takes place shortly before the country's most important annual travel period, the lunar holiday, at the end of January, when tens of millions of people travel by bus, train and plane.