Author Archives: Antigone Barton

“Now is not the time,” to call Wuhan 2019-nCoV a PHEIC, WHO EC says

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Name for virus yet to come: “2019-nCoV a good name for time being” Still divided after a second day spent weighing evidence of the potential global threat posed by the coronavirus discovered in Wuhan, China last month, the emergency committee convened by WHO today declined to declare the spread of the virus a Public Health […]

To be continued: As China closes travel from Wuhan, emergency committee on coronavirus cites questions, will reconvene in morning

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The WHO-convened emergency committee that met today to determine if the spread of the novel coronavirus first reported during mid-December in Wuhan, China constitutes an Public Health Emergency of International Concern — a PHEIC — will meet again in the morning before reaching a conclusion, WHO officials and committee members announced today. Citing rapid developments […]

First patient in U.S. confirmed with Wuhan coronavirus in Snohomish County, Washington

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A man in his 30s who had traveled to Wuhan City, China but had no known contacts sick with virus and no exposure to the seafood/live animal market linked to the first patients diagnosed with a novel coronavirus there, is the first patient confirmed to have the virus in the United States, U.S. Centers for […]

Wuhan coronavirus update 1/20/20: Spread of virus, including among health workers, surveillance and more

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Dr. Daniel Lucey, who has responded to, and monitored information on outbreaks since 2001, updates information on the current spread of a novel coronavirus first noted in central China’s most populous city in December 2019, with a fifth update on the outbreak here.  How many new cases has Wuhan reported in the last three days? […]

Three U.S. airports will screen passengers from Wuhan, China for novel coronavirus, CDC says

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Passengers from Wuhan, China will be screened on entry at three U.S. airports for the novel coronavirus that has now identified among 45 people in that central China city, as well as in a Japan patient and at least two in Thailand who had travelled there,  public health officials announced today. The corona virus, dubbed […]

UPDATE: Pneumonia Outbreak in Wuhan, China  with answers about patients in  Thailand and Japan

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Wuhan  City  in  the  Hubei Province of the People’s Republic of China is on the Yangtze River and is the most populous city in central China. A major transportation hub, it is where a cluster of pneumonia-like illnesses that have since been identified as a novel coronavirus began in December, with the first patient reported […]

UPDATED 1/12/20: Pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan City, China — FAQ

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Wuhan  City  in  the  Hubei Province of the People’s Republic of China is on the Yangtze River and is the most populous city in central China. A major transportation hub, it is where a cluster of pneumonia cases began in December, with the first patient reported on Dec. 12. Dr. Daniel Lucey, who has responded […]

What we’re reading: Ways to track progress toward TB goals

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Combatting MDR TB: Year three – Released four years ago, the federal National Action Plan for Combating Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis raised hopes that targets and strategies would raise awareness of the resources needed to stem the spread of the hardest to treat forms of TB. The plan which emphasized expanded diagnosis and treatment access, also raised […]

An ID physician addresses frequently asked questions on pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan City, China

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Frequently Asked Questions: Pneumonia Outbreak in Wuhan City, China Daniel Lucey M.D. MPH, is an infectious diseases physician and adjunct professor of infectious diseases at Georgetown University Medical Center, a senior scholar at the Georgetown University O’Neil Institute, Anthropology Research Associate, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of […]

In a decade of global health advances, Science Speaks coverage finds movement toward equity

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This year marks the close of a dynamic decade in global infectious disease research and responses that changed expectations of what humanity can accomplish toward making the world a healthier, safer and more just home for everyone who shares it. From its launch in 2009, Science Speaks has covered some of the most consequential steps […]