Chances of Canadian virus outbreak low, says official, as China widens lockdown

A second case of the new infection emerging from China has been discovered in the United States - a woman who returned to Chicago from Wuhan on January 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

A woman arriving on an worldwide flight to Los Angeles global Airport wears a mask on the first day of health screenings for coronavirus of travelers from Wuhan, China on January 18, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

In Vietnam, the father and son pair were hospitalised on Wednesday after showing signs of fever and are being treated at the Cho Ray hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, the ministry said.

Precautions include washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, keeping living conditions in the dorms clean and avoiding close contact with the sick.

In the time since her return she had contact only with people in her household, health authorities from IL said. Overall, the CDC is now investigating 63 people (including the two that tested positive) in 22 states for a possible infection with the new virus.

The number of cases that have been exported - and the number of countries outside China that have reported cases - continue to grow as well.

China has issued massive travel bans in hard-hit sections of that country to try to stem spread of the virus.

The coronavirus, which originates from a seafood market in Wuhan, was first identified in mid-December.

The Wuhan coronavirus, called the "2019 novel coronavirus" or 2019-nCoV, is part of a family of viruses known to circulate in animals and sometimes in humans.

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Only the CDC can test for the virus at this time, though it has developed a dedicated diagnostics test.

The virus, which is believed to have emerged from a seafood market in China, has killed 26 people and sickened almost 900 others.

And while it's too soon to be sure, Heymann said the new virus appears most unsafe to older adults who have other health problems.

The virus infects the lungs, and symptoms start with a fever and cough.

A 60-year-old Chicago woman is the second USA patient diagnosed with the new pneumonia-like virus from China.

State officials also hosted a series of informational webinars for hospitals, local health care providers and medical professionals at New York's colleges and universities - many of which enroll students from China - to get the word out about the virus.

Dr. Theresa Tam says as of Thursday there are no confirmed cases here.

Taiwan has banned people arriving from Wuhan and the U.S. state department warned American travellers to exercise increased caution in China. There is no vaccine, no treatment, and no cure for the coronavirus.

  • Douglas Reid