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CDC counselors worried about the absence of fundamental data about new Wuhan coronavirus

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Consultants to the CDC say the absence of information from China about the Wuhan coronavirus is reducing international endeavors to control the outbreak.

While the advisers lauded the Chinese scientists for mapping the virus’s genome in only half a few weeks, they said there’s a glaring absence of fundamental epidemiological proof about who’s getting tainted with the infection and how it’s spreading.

“This is Epi 101,” said Dr. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and a longtime CDC adviser. “I don’t want to denigrate our Chinese colleagues, but when information is not presented clearly, you have to wonder.”

The outbreak has developed rapidly. The first cases were reported to the World Health Organization on December 31, and by January 3, there were 44 cases in China. Presently, not in any case three weeks after the fact, there are all the more than 600 cases, and the flare-up has spread to Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and the United States, where there is one case.

The CDC counsels said since there’s no antibody against this new virus, public health endeavors, for example, getting cases early and establishing quarantine rules, are critical. Be that as it may, they say it’s difficult to tell whom to quarantine and for to what extent without realizing how individuals are getting contaminated, when and for to what extent they’re equipped for spreading the virus to other people.

“This information is critically important. It tells you how to control the outbreak and what to worry about and whom to worry about,” said Dr. Paul Offit, a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and a longtime CDC adviser.

At a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday, Li Bin, the vice minister of China’s National Health Commission said his nation is “committed to public disclosure of information as well as international exchanges and cooperation.”

“We will disclose information on the outbreak in a timely, open and transparent manner, objectively reporting outbreak developments,” Li said, adding that China will share information with the WHO and other countries “on outbreak monitoring, investigation, and treatment as well as risk assessment opinions promptly so that we can discuss and improve measures together.”

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