Health officials are currently monitoring 110 possible coronavirus cases in the U.S. across 26 states, including the five patients who are confirmed to have contracted the deadly illness.
In a conference call with reporters, the director of the Centers for Disease Control-affiliated National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases said that the previous estimate of 63 possible cases has almost doubled to its current number. The incubation period of the virus, during which the sickness can spread without symptoms being present, is from one to 14 days.
81 people have died of the disease in China and that number is expected to rise significantly. The Chinese health minister has said that the virus's ability to spread "seems...[to be] getting stronger."