Rome's Fiumicino airport is screening passengers arriving from the central Chinese city and region of Wuhan following the outbreak of a new fatal virus in China, Italy's health ministry has confirmed. China's health authorities have confirmed that the virus can be passed from one person to another.
Authorities previously said there was no obvious evidence of person-to-person transmission and animals were suspected to be the source, as a seafood market where live animals were sold in Wuhan was identified as the center of the outbreak.
The patient, identified only as a man in his 30s, fell ill over the weekend after traveling to his hometown in China and was diagnosed with the coronavirus on Monday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee told reporters at a press conference in Seattle.
As a nationwide precaution, the CDC set up screening points at airports in Los Angeles, San Francisco and NY for travelers from China over the weekend.
Beyond avoiding travel to infected areas, experts say the best way to protect yourself against the Wuhan coronavirus or any virus is to wash your hands often, and do it properly, with regular soap and water and lots of scrubbing for at least 20 seconds.
CDC officials at the airports will be examining travelers for fever and symptoms like coughing or difficulty breathing.
CDC officials said they have begun tracking down individuals who came in contact with the patient, who lives alone, to check them for symptoms, but so far have not found any additional patients.
The disease is drawing intense attention due to its similarities with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which killed more than 600 people across mainland China and Hong Kong along with more than 100 other people around the world in 2002-2003. "The patient recently returned from Wuhan, China, where an outbreak of pneumonia caused by this novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December 2019", the statement reads.
"A major concern is the range of severity of symptoms this virus is causing", Farrar said.
On Tuesday the Center for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed a man in Seattle, Wash. has been diagnosed with the disease that started in the city of Wuhan in China, per The Associated Press He is in his thirties and is now being hospitalized.
The US is the fifth country to report seeing the illness, following China, Thailand, Japan, and South Korea.
Health officials identified the first cases of the strain in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
The travel bustle of the Chinese Lunar New Year heightens the risk that the illness will spread. "But we continue to believe the risk of this novel coronavirus to the American public at large remains low at this time".
Fiumicino airport checks passengers arriving into Italy from Wuhan..
The World Health Organization (WHO) is so concerned about the dangers of the coronavirus that they will hold an emergency committee on Jan 22 to determine if action needs to be taken.
The Russian public health service, Rospotrebnadzor, said it had developed a testing kit that would allow labs to detect the new coronavirus quickly.
China is the largest source of tourists to Australia, with more than 1 million people arriving a year ago. One worry is that, as with many viruses: People could be transmitting it before they realize they are sick.
2019-nCoV has evoked memories of Sars, with genetic analyses revealing it is more closely related to the pathogen than any other coronavirus.