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Patients of Novel Coronavirus Show New Symptoms

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Terrell Bush | 25 January, 2020, 00:26

The three confirmed cases in the USA are an airline passenger who flew from Wuhan to Washington state, a woman in Chicago who traveled to Wuhan in December, and one other person.

The health agency said the woman had arrived back in the US on January 13 and called a health care provider a few days later to report possible symptoms. "The patient remains hospitalized in an isolation room in stable condition and is doing well". She didn't have close contact with people outside her home after her return, and authorities haven't seen symptoms in others associated with her, Layden said. The results are still pending and no new cases of the virus have been confirmed in the US since January 21.

Health officials say the person did not have close contact with anyone after getting off the plane at the airport and wore a mask the entire time. At least 60 people are "under observation" in 22 USA states. It's still hanging around, causing small numbers of infections each year: The World Health Organization has counted almost 2,500 cases of MERS in the Middle East and beyond, and more than 850 deaths. One report by the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London suggested that there could be over 4,000 cases or more of the virus in Wuhan alone, a city of 11 million.

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that range in severity from the common cold to the more deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which caused more than 700 deaths in a 2002-2003 outbreak. They found that most of these patients had visited the Huanan seafood market (where investigators think the first transmission to humans might have occured), most were men and on average most were of middle age.

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

And while it's too soon to be sure, Heymann said the new virus appears most risky to older adults who have other health problems. Officials say there are now around 830 confirmed cases of coronavirus, and 26 people have died from the respiratory illness. Nor is there any way to know yet how often people become infected but show no obvious symptoms.

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Researchers say the virus spreading through China is in the same family as SARS and closest to one found in bats. The Philippines suspended a daily charter flight from Wuhan to a beach resort popular with Chinese tourists.

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

US authorities have screened more than 2,000 travelers from China on 200 flights without identifying any new patients.

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.

More than 2,000 returning travellers had been screened at airports across the US.

While there is no vaccine - or specific treatment - for SARS or MERS, Fauci said it is technically possible to create a vaccine against this new virus.

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