Deadly Chinese virus reaches US: 5 things you should know about potential global health threat
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Deadly Chinese virus reaches US: 5 things you should know about potential global health threat

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What's going on:

  • The first U.S. case of the Wuhan coronavirus has been confirmed in Washington state. 
  • The deadly virus has infected more than 200 people since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December.
  • Now a Chinese government-appointed expert says it can be transmitted between humans.
  • Numerous nations including the U.S. have adopted screening measures for travelers from China.
  • So far, the risk to the American public is deemed to be low, but major airports began screening passengers from China.

Face masks sold out and officials at airports and train stations checked passengers for fevers as China on Tuesday sought to control the outbreak of a new virus that has reached at least four other countries and territories and threatens to spread further during the Lunar New Year travel rush.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reported the first U.S. case has been confirmed in Washington state. The patient had recently traveled to Wuhan, China, where the virus originated.

Anxiety grew both at home and abroad after Chinese government expert Zhong Nanshan confirmed fears on state television late Monday that the new type of coronavirus can spread from human to human.

Six people have died and 291 have been infected in China, the National Health Commission said Tuesday.

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 travelers from China, especially those arriving from Wuhan, the central city where the virus appears to have originated.

Here are updates and more background on the fast-developing issue:

What you should know about potential global virus threat

Anxiety grew both at home and abroad after China confirmed fears that a new type of coronavirus can spread from human to human. Six people have died and 291 have been infected in China.

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