Coronavirus: Chinese officials advise against travel to Wuhan

Coronavirus: Chinese officials advise against travel to Wuhan

Coronavirus: Chinese officials advise against travel to Wuhan

Authorities in China are battling to contain an outbreak of a deadly coronavirus, which has spread throughout the country and beyond its borders.

"Airports and train stations that can be used to leave the city will be temporarily closed".

One veteran of the SARS outbreak said that while there are some similarities in the new virus - namely its origins in China and the link to animals - the current outbreak appears much milder.

The latest virus, 2019-CoV, is known as a novel coronavirus, a previously unidentified strain of which little is known.

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses are viruses that cause illnesses such as a mild common cold or severe infections such as SARS that killed over 800 people globally in the 2000s. Symptoms include fever, coughing and breathing problems.

"At the moment, it is a local problem with a little bit of exportation to other countries, but not in a major way", he said.

The first person outside of China with the virus was a 61-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan who traveled to Thailand on January 8, three days after developing a fever with chills, a sore throat, and a headache, the World Health Organization said on January 14.

But they still have not been able to confirm the exact source of the virus, which has infected 440 people in 13 provinces and municipalities. Australian airports are ramping up their screening procedures of passengers arriving from China.

The virus which can pass between humans has since spread to other Chinese cities as well as the United States, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that not enough is known about the novel coronavirus to draw definitive conclusions about how it is transmitted, clinical features of the disease, or the extent to which it has spread.

The BC Centre for Disease Control says it's "closely monitoring" the global outbreak of coronavirus after a Washington state man was diagnosed with the potentially deadly illness Tuesday. Low-priced carrier Scoot said it's made arrangements to distribute a health advisory to all passengers arriving from Wuhan. Seoul has so far identified two people with the illness, both Chinese nationals who are being treated in an isolation ward and are reported to be in stable conditions.

He added that public gatherings will be restricted, and unnecessary entry and exit trips to Wuhan will be called off.

The man involved in the USA case is now in good condition, CDC officials said Tuesday, though he remains in isolated medical care.

"Most of the passengers we saw at the airports were wearing masks". Chinese authorities have discovered that the virus likely can be transmitted not only from animal to person but also from person to person.

Police were conducting spot checks for live poultry or wild animals in vehicles leaving and entering the city, state media said. As of Wednesday at 4 p.m., over 400 cases had been confirmed in China; 17 had died.

Footage on state broadcaster CCTV showed Wuhan medical staff in full-body protective suits, gloves and plastic face visors as they registered patients. "The likelihood of case importation is highest in countries with the greatest volume of people traveling to and from Wuhan", the ECDC's director Andrea Ammon said in a statement.

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