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China Reports 4 More Cases in Viral Pneumonia Outbreak

The U.S. announced Friday it would begin screening passengers arriving on flights from Wuhan. The U.S. announced Friday it would begin screening passengers arriving on flights from Wuhan. | 

Created: January 18, 2020 09:21 AM

BEIJING (AP) - Four more cases have been identified in a viral pneumonia outbreak in a central Chinese city that has killed two and prompted the United States and others to take precautionary measures.

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The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said Saturday that 45 people have contracted the illness caused by a new type of coronavirus. Five are in serious condition.

Health authorities are keen to avoid a repeat of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which spread from southern China to more than two dozen countries and killed nearly 800 people.

The U.S. announced Friday it would begin screening passengers arriving on flights from Wuhan.

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