China coronavirus outbreak: Symptoms, transmission, treatment, CDC

The World Health Organization will gather a panel of experts on coronavirus Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland, to determine whether a China-based outbreak constitutes an international public health emergency and how the outbreak can be managed.

China has reported 291 cases of the virus since December, most in Wuhan. At least three deaths are blamed on the outbreak. The virus is spreading across China, and one case has been confirmed in Japan, two in Thailand, and one in South Korea.

Many of the initial cases of the coronavirus were linked to a seafood market in Wuhan, but Chinese health officials said this week that human-to-human transmission has been confirmed.

The Lunar New Year is Saturday, and officials are concerned that millions of holiday travelers across Asia will fuel spread of the disease.

WHO has published a range of interim guidance for all countries on how they can prepare for this virus, including how to monitor for sick people, test samples, treat patients and communicate the risks to the public.

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