U.S. considers expanding passenger screening efforts to stem spread of the epidemic

To stem the spread of the new coronavirus outbreak, the United States may expand screening of travelers at entry points, where 110 potential coronavirus infections are currently under medical observation. Pneumonia, a new type of coronary virus, has killed at least 80 people in China, according to CCTV News. From Singapore to Paris, confirmed cases have also been reported in many places around the world.

U.S. considers expanding passenger screening efforts to stem spread of the epidemic

As of Monday morning, there were no new cases in the U.S. except the five confirmed cases reported last week, health officials said on a conference call with reporters.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it has developed testing programs to share with the states to diagnose new cases more quickly.

Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said the coronavirus is not spreading in Communities in the United States.

Officials have been keeping a close eye on so-called secondary transmission cases.

Messonnier says the new coronavirus appears to be less contagious than high-contagion diseases such as measles. A new coronavirus like this one is usually transmitted by droplets.

Messonnier said a decision to expand screening for travelers should be made within a day.