Health authorities are keen to avoid a repeat of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which started in southern China in late 2002 and spread to more than two dozen countries, killing almost 800 people.
62 people have been diagnosed with the new form of viral pneumonia, but some overseas researchers believe the infection rate is much higher. However, the confirmed cases in both Japan and Thailand are a bit more scary, as neither of those people is thought to have visited the Huanan market, and it's unclear how they became infected in the first place.
However, at least twice previously, coronaviruses have emerged to infect people and cause severe disease, such as has been seen with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
Wuhan officials said since January 14 they are using infrared thermometers at airports, railway stations and other passenger terminals in the city to strengthen screening.More news: Republican Muslim candidate Dalia al-Aqidi looks to unseat Omar
Three U.S. airports in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles began screening to detect the coronavirus on Friday.
He said the doctors said she was being treated for the infection in the intensive care unit and is now on a ventilator and other supporting systems.
The Associate Director of Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital, Huang Chao-lin (黃朝林), announced at a press conference on Sunday (Jan. 19) that a reagent provided by the state confirmed the number of new cases was 17.
"Entry screening alone is not a guarantee against the possible importation of this new virus but is an important public health tool during periods of uncertainty and part of a multilayered government response strategy", said the statement.
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Passengers arriving from Wuhan, China will be checked for symptoms of fever, coughing and difficulty breathing.
In China itself, there has been no official announcement of screening measures, but Wuhan deputy mayor Chen Xiexin told state broadcaster CCTV that infrared thermometers had been installed at airports, railway stations and coach stations across the city.
The World Health Organization is warning that the illness could spread and is alerting hospitals worldwide. It is the Spring Festival travel season in China when families traditionally return home for Lunar New Year.More news: Keefe after loss to Blackhawks: Leafs are being 'an immature team'