Published: Sun, January 19, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

New coronavirus 'preventable and controllable', China says

New coronavirus 'preventable and controllable', China says

Of the 17 new cases in the central city of Wuhan - believed to be the epicentre of the outbreak - three were described as "severe" with two of those patients too critical to be moved, authorities said.

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

In Wuhan, some of the arriving passengers said, some people are taking the precaution of wearing face masks, but most people are not.

On Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it would send 100 people to airports in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles to screen arriving passengers for signs of the illness.

Two people have died from the virus, including a 69-year-old man who died on Wednesday after the disease caused pulmonary tuberculosis and damaged multiple organ functions.

About 100 staffers are being sent to JFK, San Francisco and Los Angeles global airports. So there are doctors there. After leaving the plane, their temperature was taken, and if it was normal, they could proceed.

"I think they are prepared well", Zhou said.

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Given the population around Wuhan airport is 11 million people and the average number of worldwide passengers per day is about 3,301, the report concluded there would be an estimated 1,723 people who experienced the onset of 2019-nCoV symptoms by January 12.

"They told us to stay on the plane".

Ashuman Khowal, a businessman from Delhi, said Preeti Maheswari was being treated in the intensive care unit and is now on a ventilator and other supporting systems.

"Temperature and a form, that was it." .

This new strain of pneumonia is believed to have started in the city of Wuhan and is from the same family of coronaviruses as SARS. During an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome 17 years ago, around 800 people lost their lives to the disease. Wuhan, China has a population of 11 million people, but what is of greater concern to world health authorities is that 1.4 billion Chinese are expected to travel overseas for Chinese New Year celebrations. The list includes Thailand and Japan, which have together reported three cases of the disease in people who had come from Wuhan.

According to Chinese health officials, the outbreak seems to be connected to an outdoor market where the people infected had exposure to live animals. Infectivity refers to how rapidly the virus may spread between individuals. A city spokesperson said several of the newly confirmed cases have no history of visiting Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, where 2019-nCoV is thought to have originated.

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