Jan 13, 2020

China virus kills one and spreads to Thailand, but U.S. threat remains minimal

Security guards in front of the closed wholesale seafood market in Wuhan, where a man who recently died from the coronavirus had purchased goods. Photo: Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images

A mysterious virus discovered in Wuhan, China, is believed to have played a role in the death of a patient, while another case has been reported by a person who traveled from Wuhan to Thailand, the World Health Organization confirmed Monday.

The latest: Chinese officials said Sunday that one out of 41 confirmed patients has died, but cautioned that they had underlying health issues. A public health official said the U.S. is not overly concerned the virus might spread here.

  • The good news is that this new coronavirus doesn't appear to transmit easily between people, says Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. No health care workers have been infected yet.
  • "We don't want to get overconfident, but we aren't seeing the international spread we saw in SARS" — a coronavirus that quickly infected 8,098 and killed 774 people globally in 2013, Fauci says. The U.S. is monitoring the situation, he adds.

What's next: China continues to seek the source of the outbreak, looking for animal reservoirs or intermediate hosts.

  • "The evidence is highly suggestive that the outbreak is associated with exposures in one seafood market in Wuhan," per WHO. That market was closed by Chinese health officials on Jan. 1.

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Deadly coronavirus from China found in U.S. patient, CDC says

An airport officer walks past international travelers arriving at Los Angeles International Airport on the first day of health screenings for coronavirus of people coming from Wuhan, China, Jan. 18. Photo: David McNew/stringer/Getty Images

The first U.S. case of the new coronavirus that's killed at least six people and caused illness in multiple countries has been confirmed in Washington state.

The latest: In an effort to stem the spread of the deadly virus in America, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is rolling out a "funneling" of flights directly or indirectly from Wuhan, China, to five specific airports where screenings will be done, adding Chicago and Atlanta to prior designated screening airports.

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Hong Kong cuts rail links to mainland China due to coronavirus

A woman wears a protective mask as she walks across the Yangtze River Bridge in Wuhan, China, on Jan. 27. Photo: Getty Images

106 people have died from an outbreak of a coronavirus strain that originated in Wuhan, China, the country's National Health Commission said on Monday.

The latest: Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Tuesday that the semiautonomous city would cut its rail links to mainland China and flights would be reduced, though the measures stopped short of a total closure of the border, per the AP.

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U.S. to begin airport screening for new China virus as concerns grow

A quarantine station at Narita Airport in Japan on Jan. 17 after Japanese officials confirmed a case of pneumonia caused by the coronavirus originally found in Wuhan City, China. Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

The U.S. will begin screening Friday night for the novel coronavirus, originally found in Wuhan, China, for flights arriving directly or indirectly from there to three American airports — San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, public health officials announced.

Why it matters: Researchers still don't know the source of the "2019-nCoV" virus or how it's transmitted, but coronavirus' ability to evolve means the outbreak could quickly turn from "worrisome to extremely worrisome," and "proactive measures" should be taken, Nancy Messonnier told a press conference.

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