By: Associated Press
Shortly before authorities closed off the Chinese city at the epicenter of an outbreak of a new virus,the World Health Organization sent a team led by country representative Gauden Galea to check conditions on the ground in Wuhan, an inland city of more than 11 million people.
The five-member team on Monday and Tuesday visited a local biosafety lab, a branch of China's Center for Disease Control, a hospital retrofitted with increased safety protocols and the airport. Galea spoke with health care workers, epidemiology inspectors and city officials who described and demonstrated how authorities are tracking, treating and combating the disease.
The Associated Press interviewed Galea at the WHO office in Beijing on Thursday (Jan. 23).