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Mystery China Virus Spreads in Asia, Infects Health Workers

  • More than 200 sickened in China, with cases centered in Wuhan
  • Airports start screening as Chinese New Year approaches
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WHO Regional Director on Pneumonia Outbreak in China
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A new SARS-like virus that originated in central China is spreading from person-to-person and has sickened medical workers, heightening concern about the risk of wider transmission.

The number of cases in China surged over the weekend and health authorities worldwide increased testing for the virus, which includes symptoms like fever and coughing. With the Chinese New Year just days away -- a holiday season during which the nation’s citizens rack up 3 billion trips across the country to reunite with family -- the spread of the virus could intensify.