"To further protect the health of the American public during the emergence of this novel coronavirus, CDC is beginning entry screening at three ports of entry".
Necessary measures will be taken duly in case of a wider outbreak, the Health Ministry assured.
According to diagnoses by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, 62 people infected are suffering from pneumonia caused by the coronavirus. Memories remain fresh in Asia of a 2002/03 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which emerged in China and killed almost 800 people worldwide.
"Infection with a new type of corona virus has been reported from China".
China has now reported 45 cases linked to the virus, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official Nancy Messonnier told reporters in a press call, most linked to a seafood and live animal market in Wuhan, while two cases have been found in Thailand and one in Japan.
The U.S. said it would start screening at three U.S. airports in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles to detect travelers arriving via direct or connecting flights from Wuhan who may have symptoms of the new virus.
China on Thursday confirmed the second death from the virus in Wuhan province.
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China's outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome [SARS - another coronavirus] was thought to have been caused in 2003 by animal to human transmission in a similar market.
Officials have tracked down 763 people who had come in contact with the infected, 644 of which have been removed from medical observations.
But Alexandra Phelan, global health legal expert at Georgetown University's Centre for Global Health Science and Security, said such screening may be insufficient in preventing the virus from spreading as its symptoms, which include fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, are "quite general".
Two patients in Thailand and another in Japan have been diagnosed with the virus.
Many Indian students would - or already are - return to India for the Chinese New Year Holidays (CNY) that have already started. "Self-sustaining human-to-human transmission should not be ruled out", it says.
Chinese authorities have stepped up monitoring and disinfection efforts ahead of the lunar new year holiday in late January, when numerous country's 1.4 billion people will travel domestically and overseas.