‘We are facing an unprecedented health threat’: CDC issues federal quarantine for 195 Wuhan evacuees and say its coronavirus test may FAIL as cases of the illness declared a global health crisis surge by 26% in 24 hours

Friday, January 31, 2020
By Paul Martin

CDC officials have issued a 14-day federal quarantine for all 195 passengers who were evacuated from Wuhan
Since Thursday, cases of the new coronavirus have increased by 26%, sickening nearly 10,000 people worldwide
The CDC said it is possible that someone could test negative for the coronavirus before developing symptoms but become ill later
The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a global health emergency on Thursday
The ‘public health emergency of international concern’ is the highest warning the UN health agency can give
Just one week ago, WHO officials said it was too early to declare the outbreak an emergency
It comes the same day that the sixth US case of coronavirus was confirmed in a Chicago man in his 60s
This marks the first case of human-to-human transmission of the virus in America
The man was infected by his wife, 60, who became the second person in the US to be diagnosed after she returned from a trip to Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak
The couple, who have not been identified, are now both being isolated at a suburban Chicago hospital
Four other cases have been confirmed in Arizona, California and Washington – all of whom traveled to China
Currently, there are 168 possible cases are under investigation in the US, 21 of which are in Illinois
Worldwide, more than 9,900 people have been infected and 213 people – all in China – have died

31 January 2020

US officials have issued an ‘unprecedented’ federal quarantine for all 195 passengers evacuated from Wuhan, and said Friday that their test for the new coronavirus may come back negative if someone hasn’t developed symptoms – but they could later become ill.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Director of National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Dr Nancy Messonnier, called the coronavirus outbreak an ‘unprecedented health threat,’ as she revealed that worldwide cases have increased by 26 percent in just 24 hours during a press briefing.

It comes after the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on Thursday. The US also advised against all travel to China and a quarantine was ordered for the 195 passengers evacuated from Wuhan after one attempted to flee March Reserve air base in Riverside County.

It was the first time the CDC had mandated a quarantine in 50 years.

A recent New England Journal of Medicine study documented the first case of coronavirus transmission from a patient who did not have symptoms to another person.

This revelation is particularly concerning in light of Dr Messonnier’s Friday disclosure that a person can still develop the illness later after testing negative for coronavirus while they were symptom-free.

Although officials underscored the seriousness of the ongoing outbreak, they also reminded press that the disease is not spreading actively in US communities.

Additionally, Thursday was the first time officials confirmed case of person-to-person case transmission of coronavirus in the US after a man in Illinois was infected by his wife, who had previously traveled to China.

‘The main reason for this declaration is not for what is happening in China but because of what is happening in other countries,’ Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General, said at a press conference.

‘Our greatest concern is for the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems, which are ill prepared to deal with it.’

He added that the declaration didn’t mean a ‘vote of no confidence in China’ and, in fact, congratulated the Chinese government for taking ‘extraordinary measures’ to contain the outbreak.

This marks the fifth time the WHO has made such a declaration since the rule to do was implemented in 2005: for the influenza pandemic of 2009, a resurgence of polio 2014, the Ebola crisis in 2014, the outbreak of Zika virus outbreak in 2016 and the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2019.

Such a declaration does not give the WHO more money, but officials can make recommendation on travel or trade was well as mobilize public and political action.

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