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US health officials say that 20 airports across the country will now screen for the deadly coronavirus that has spread from China.
Five airports in California, Georgia, Illinois and New York are already screening travelers, but authorities from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a press conference on Tuesday that they will begin trying to identify sick passengers from China at 15 other 'quarantine stations.'
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'Right now, there is no spread of this virus in our communities at home,' Dr Robert Redfield, director of the CDC told reporters on Tuesday.
“The coming days and weeks are likely to bring more cases including the possibility of person-to-person spread. Our goal is to contain this virus and prevent sustained spread of the virus in our country.'
Outbreak - December - City - Wuhan - People
Since the outbreak began in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, more than 4,500 people have been sickened by coronavirus in at least 17 countries and territories and 106 people, all in China, have died.
Five people in the US have fallen ill already and officials say there is evidence of human-to-human transmission, and that patients may spread the virus before symptoms appear.
Dr - Anthony - Fauci - National - Institutes
Dr Anthony Fauci, of the National Institutes of Health, said the agency is studying a 'candidate vaccine,' modeled after an experimental one developed amid the 2003 outbreak of SARS, a coronavirus cousin of the current infection.
But the first stage of human testing isn't expected to begin for several months.
Drugs - China - Treat - Coronavirus - Patients
He added that several drugs are being used in China to try treat coronavirus patients under 'compassionate use,' but there is no proof of the efficacy that the medications will work.
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During the press conference, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said the US was urging more cooperation from China with international health...
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