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Head of LA County Dept Of Health: The Latest On Coronavirus




Travellers wearing face mask wait at the departure hall of West Kowloon Station in Hong Kong, China.
Travellers wearing face mask wait at the departure hall of West Kowloon Station in Hong Kong, China.
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More than 2,700 cases of a new viral respiratory illness have been confirmed since an outbreak began last month in the Chinese city of Wuhan. 

Scientists have identified the illness as a new kind of coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which cause the common cold. Others have evolved into more severe illnesses, such as SARS and MERS, although so far the new virus does not appear to be as deadly or contagious.

Two cases of Coronavirus were confirmed in Southern California. We check in on the latest. 

With files from the Associated Press. 

Guest: 

Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health