The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to announce the country’s first case of Wuhan coronavirus.
The deadly Chinese coronavirus that has sickened more than 300 people and killed six has come to the US as of Wednesday.
With the addition of the US, the newly-identified coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China, has now spread to four countries.
CDC officials are set to brief reporters on new information concerning the deadly epidemic on Tuesday afternoon.
The first US case comes less than a week after the CDC announced that three airports – John F Kennedy International, Los Angeles, and San Francisco – would begin screening passengers arriving from Wuhan for the virus.
Officials in China have confirmed that the SARS-like coronavirus, which can trigger life-threatening respiratory infections, can and has been passed from human to human, including through saliva.
Vaccine experts at Baylor University are working on modifying a vaccine they designed to prevent SARS to protect against the new, related coronavirus, but the school’s Dean of Tropical Medicine, which is developing the shot, Dr Peter Hotez, said that its likely years away from deployment.
China’s National Health Commission yesterday confirmed that the never-before-seen SARS-like coronavirus had spread between humans.
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And now the body has revealed the unnamed infection is spread from the lungs and may travel in saliva – such as through coughs.
Taiwan today confirmed its first case of the lethal bug, which has killed six people in the Chinese city of Wuhan, home to 11million people.
As Taiwan becomes the fourth territory to report a case of the virus outside of China, following Thailand, South Korea and Japan, it can also be revealed that:
A total of 325 people have caught the virus across Asia, including 20 healthcare workers
Cases have risen six-fold in the space of a few days, with just 48 confirmed cases on January 17
Australia and the Philippines are investigating suspected cases of the coronavirus, which causes fever and can cause pneumonia
North Korea has temporarily banned all tourists from entering the country over fears the Chinese coronavirus will spread.
South Korean budget airline T’way Air has postponed the launch of its cheap flights to Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak.
Experts from China’s National Health Commission have urged Wuhan’s 11 million residents not to leave the city.