The new 2019-nCoV virus discovered outside China but linked to Wuhan

The new virus known as 2019-nCoV, first identified in Wuhan, China in late December, began to spread. Health officials in Thailand and Japan have announced that it has appeared inside their borders this week.

The illness is a coronavirus, part of a large family of viruses that can cause symptoms ranging from that of a common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. Health officials believe that the new virus can only be transmitted from animals to human. “Considering global travel patterns, additional cases in other countries are likely,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement posted online Thursday. The first death from 2019-nCoV was recorded on January 9 after a 61-year-old man in Wuhan contracted the illness. The second death in China was reported yesterday. In Japan, the man’s symptoms started on January 3 while he was traveling in Wuhan. The virus popped up in Thailand after a 61-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan visited the country.

Thermal scanner on a Japanese airport

The Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan was shut down and cleaned. Some airports like the one in Narita, Japan are doing thermal scans of passengers. „There is still many unknowns, and the situation may continue to evolve,” Professor Christian Drosten said in a statement published online.