Coronavirus outbreak declared a global emergency as death toll tops 213

Coronavirus outbreak declared a global emergency as death toll tops 213

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from Wuhan, China has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday, January 30, 2020. By Friday, January 31, the number of fatalities jumped to 213 and the number of confirmed cases to 9 820. …

China’s SARS-like virus spreads to U.S., heightens fears of worldwide spread

China’s SARS-like virus spreads to U.S., heightens fears of worldwide spread

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on January 21, 2020, the first case of the new SARS-like virus in the United States. This raised concerns about the epidemic spreading worldwide as China also confirmed that the infection can be…

China confirms new SARS-like virus can be spread through human contact

China confirms new SARS-like virus can be spread through human contact

A new, SARS-like virus in China has claimed at least six lives and infected more than 300 people as of Tuesday, January 21, 2020. It was also confirmed that the infection can spread between humans and that the virus has been reported beyond the country. Zhong…

China identifies new type of virus behind mystery disease outbreak

China identifies new type of virus behind mystery disease outbreak

Researchers investigating the cause of a mysterious pneumonia outbreak have discovered a new strain of coronavirus– a species of viruses that can lead to fatal illnesses, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome…

Dengue outbreak threatens Sri Lanka, officials warn of new strain

Dengue outbreak threatens Sri Lanka, officials warn of new strain

Sri Lanka's health officials have warned of a dengue outbreak on Monday, December 16, 2019, as at least 120 people have died so far and 87 000 have been affected. Incessant rain in many parts of the island was said to be one of the leading causes of the…