The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention anticipate more cases of the virus both in the U.S. and globally, Nancy Messonnier, director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters Tuesday. Still, she said U.S. officials believe the risk to the American public at large is low.
The World Health Organization is convening an expert panel today to discuss whether the Wuhan virus should be designated “public health emergency of international concern,” a rare step aimed at getting more money and resources from global donors to fight an outbreak.
The emergency designation has been used just five times: against polio, the swine flu, the Zika virus and two recent Ebola virus outbreaks in Africa.
European regulators today bumped the risk of importing the virus to the region up from “low” to “moderate” after experts confirmed it can be spread from person to person.