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JANUARY 17, 2020 — In response to an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan, China, attributable to a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), beginning today, well being officers with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will start screening passengers at three US airports to detect ailing vacationers getting into the nation on direct or connecting flights from Wuhan.
The “enhanced” symptom-based well being screening of passengers can be carried out at San Francisco (SFO), New York (JFK), and Los Angeles (LAX) airports, which obtain a lot of the vacationers from Wuhan.
The CDC has deployed about 100 further workers to those three airports to assist current workers at CDC quarantine stations situated at these airports, the CDC mentioned throughout a media briefing.
This is a “serious” and “fast-moving” state of affairs, Nancy Messonnier, MD, director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, mentioned on the briefing.
“Based on the information that CDC has today, we believe the current risk from this virus to the general public is low,” she mentioned. “However, we are still early in this response, and the situation is still evolving hour by hour and day by day.”
To date, China has reported that 45 people have been contaminated with 2019-nCoV and that two deaths have occurred. Both deaths had been in older adults, one in every of whom had identified critical underlying medical circumstances.
In addition, this week, three instances outdoors of China had been recognized ― two in Thailand and one in Japan. All had been vacationers from Wuhan.
Regarding the source, Chinese well being officers report that a lot of the sufferers who had been contaminated with 2019-nCoV had been uncovered to a big seafood and live-animal market, suggesting animal-to-human unfold. There can be some indication that person-to-person unfold is happening, Messonnier mentioned.
Chinese authorities, nonetheless, say a number of hundred healthcare staff caring for contaminated sufferers are being monitored, and no unfold of the virus from sufferers to healthcare staff has been seen. For now, there isn’t a sustained unfold of the virus locally.
The CDC is presently advising vacationers to Wuhan to keep away from animals (alive or useless), animal markets, and call with sick folks.