Newswise — WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 23, 2020) – In January 2020, an outbreak of a serious respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus was reported in Wuhan province of China and is being closely monitored by public health officials. The novel coronavirus has since spread to other countries, including Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and the state of Washington in the United States.

Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University has the following experts available to talk about the current crisis:

Ron Waldman, MD, MHP, a professor of global health, is an expert on infectious diseases. He can discuss medical infrastructure and emergency efforts like those underway to contain the current coronavirus outbreak.

Christopher Mores, ScD, professor of global health, is an arbovirologist and an expert on emerging infectious diseases. He can discuss laboratory diagnostic approaches, virus transmission patterns and global health security strategies to counter threats posed by outbreaks such as this.

Leana Wen, MD, MSc, a visiting professor of health policy and management, is an expert on governmental response to public health crises. An emergency physician and formerly the Health Commissioner for the City of Baltimore, Wen can discuss the medical and public response to the outbreak.

Jon Andrus, MD, an adjunct professor of global health, is an expert on epidemiology, vaccines, immunizations and response to emerging infectious disease threats. He previously served as the deputy director for the Pan American Health Organization, where he handled emergency response and preparedness.