HUMAN-TO-HUMAN TRANSMISSION CONFIRMED IN CHINA CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Jan 20, 2020

By Bob Komsic

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The World Health Organization will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss the recent coronavirus outbreak in China, that’s killed at least three.
(Beijing/Associated Press)
The W-H-O says that’s when they’ll determine if the outbreak constitutes a ”public health emergency of international concern” and what should be done about it.
There have been over 220 cases; practically all of them confirmed and in central China, where it’s believed to have started.
Chinese officials have confirmed the virus can be transmitted between humans.
Two people in southern China caught it from family members while some medical workers have also reportedly tested positive for the virus.
It belongs in the same family as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS which killed nearly 800 around the world back in 2002, including 44 in Canada; many of them healthcare workers.
Public Health Agency of Canada says the risk of it spreading here is ”considered low.”
There are no direct flights from central China and the number of travellers arriving indirectly is also low.
The public health agency says it will implement ”additional measures” in the coming week including warning signs at airports in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.
American officials will begin screening travellers from central China at JFK airport New York, San Francisco and LA international.
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