The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief says that the U.N. health agency estimates the death rate of the new virus that emerged in China is about 2%.
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There are five confirmed patients in the U.S., and no sign that they have spread the illness to anyone around them.
As of Monday, five Americans have been diagnosed with the virus and all had traveled to central China.
Countries with citizens in the central Chinese city that's the epicenter of a viral outbreak are planning evacuations as the number of illnesses grow and China takes drastic measures to try to stop the spread of the virus.
At this time, specific screening protocols for 911 or emergency medical dispatch are not required.
A Chicago woman has become the second U.S. patient diagnosed with the dangerous new virus from China, health officials announced Friday.
On the eve of the Lunar New Year, transportation was shut down in at least 13 cities home to more than 36 million people. The cities are Wuhan, where the illness has been concentrated, and 12 of its neighbors in central China's Hubei province.
A viral illness in China that has sickened hundreds of people and prompted Chinese authorities to effectively shut down three cities is not yet a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said Thursday.