According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Coronavirus, a pneumonia-like illness that has sickened more than 600 and has killed at least 17 people; Health officials worldwide are working to contain the virus.
Aljazeera Report as at January 24th, 2020:
At least 26 people have died from a new coronavirus in China following an outbreak in the central city of Wuhan.
Almost 830 cases have been reported, the vast majority in the Chinese city.
According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
These viruses are transmitted between animals and people. SARS, for instance, was believed to have been transmitted from civet cats to humans while MERS travelled from a type of camel to humans.
The viral disease is mostly reported in China.
As of January 24, 2020, Chinese officials said at least 25 people have died, all in Hubei Province, of which Wuhan is the capital. That is also where most of the 830 reported cases are.
Beyond China, Thailand has reported four cases, while South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and the United States have each confirmed one.
All the cases involve people who had either come from Wuhan or been there recently.
Dr. Quoc Nguyen, Medical Director of the Onondaga County Health Department has this to say:
For the past few days we’ve been working frantically to make sure that we know how to screen, how to deal with a case.
We have been busy this week working with state and local hospitals to make sure they are screening those who could have been exposed. Especially those who have recently flown in from the Chinese city Wuhan, where the virus originated.
Nguyen also said doctors, dressed in full garb, have been checking for pneumonia-like symptoms such as fevers and bad coughs.
This looks like it is spread by air,” Dr. Nguyen said. You need to only be in the same room with the person to get it.
In other to contain the virus in China, the Chinese Government have postponed travel to Wuhan China.
The CDC said they are now screening passengers for the virus in Atlanta, Chicago, San Fransisco, Los Angeles, and New York City.
The main hubs for flyers coming from China, which also serve as connectors for those looking to eventually make their way to Hancock International Airport.
CNYCentral reached out to the CDC to see if they will screen passengers in Syracuse, but have not yet heard back.