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CDC mulling expanded screening for coronavirus; spread risk still low

CDC mulling expanded screening for coronavirus; spread risk still low

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Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday raised its travel warning for China to its highest alert level as they consider increased screenings for travelers from the Asian nation that is dealing with an increasing number of confirmed cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus. The agency raised its travel advisory to a level 3, warning U.S. citizens to avoid all nonessential travel to the country while urging those who must visit China to avoid sick people, animals, animal market and animal products. Meanwhile, the agency told reporters Monday that there have been no new cases beyond the five currently known and that 110 people from 26 states are currently being tested for the virus. People coming to the United States from China have been funneled through five airpor...
The Latest: Stocks plunge again on China virus concerns

The Latest: Stocks plunge again on China virus concerns

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U.S. health officials say they have no evidence that the new virus from China is spreading in the United States and they believe the risk to Americans remains lowByThe Associated PressJanuary 27, 2020, 6:38 PM4 min readBEIJING -- The Latest on the new virus from China that has sickened thousands of people and killed dozens(all times local): 2:30 a.m: U.S. health officials say they have no evidence that the new virus from China is spreading in the U.S. and they believe the risk to Americans remains low. As of Monday, five Americans have been diagnosed with the virus and all had traveled to central China. Health officials are investigating who they’ve been in contact with. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say at least 32 people who were thought to be possible c
China extends holiday to contain virus as death toll rises

China extends holiday to contain virus as death toll rises

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BEIJING -- China on Monday expanded sweeping efforts to contain a viral disease by extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection as the death toll rose to 80. Hong Kong announced it would bar entry to visitors from the province at the center of the outbreak following a warning the virus’s ability to spread was growing. Travel agencies were ordered to cancel group tours nationwide, adding to the rising economic cost. Increasingly drastic anti-disease efforts began with the Jan. 22 suspension of plane, train and bus links to Wuhan, a city of 11 million people in central China where the virus was first detected last month. That lockdown has expanded to a total of 17 cities with more than 50 million people in the most far-reaching disease-contr
Teens who use joints, bongs, concentrates more likely to keep using pot

Teens who use joints, bongs, concentrates more likely to keep using pot

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Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Teens who smoke cannabis with joints or bongs, or who use some pot concentrates, are six times more likely to continue using the drug than those who consume it via other methods, a new analysis suggests. In results published Friday by JAMA Network Open, researchers found in a survey of nearly 3,000 teens, the highest percentage -- approximately 6 percent -- reported prior use of "combustible cannabis," while less than 1 percent said they had "vaped" the substance. Teens who said they smoked marijuana in a joint or bong were found to be at higher risk for still smoking six and 12-months later, the authors found. Researchers write in the study that, for cannabis control and efforts to keep it out of the hands of teens, officials should consider targeting pot products that ...
China coronavirus spread is accelerating, Xi Jinping warns

China coronavirus spread is accelerating, Xi Jinping warns

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The spread of a deadly new virus is accelerating, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned, after holding a special government meeting on the Lunar New Year public holiday.The country is facing a "grave situation" Mr Xi told senior officials. The coronavirus has killed at least 56 people and infected almost 2,000 since its discovery in the city of Wuhan.The US has announced that staff at the Wuhan consulate will be evacuated on a special flight on Tuesday. The State Department said that private Americans most at risk will also be able to board the flight to San Francisco.Meanwhile, UK-based researchers have warned of a real possibility that China will not be able to contain the virus. Travel restrictions...