Pneumonia of Unknown Aetiology in Wuhan, China: Potential for International Spread via Commercial Air Travel

J Travel Med. 2020 Mar 13;27(2):taaa008. doi: 10.1093/jtm/taaa008.


There is currently an outbreak of pneumonia of unknown aetiology in Wuhan, China. Although there are still several unanswered questions about this infection, we evaluate the potential for international dissemination of this disease via commercial air travel should the outbreak continue.

Keywords: SARS; air travel; coronavirus; outbreak; pneumonia; zoonosis.

MeSH terms

  • Air Travel*
  • Animals
  • Betacoronavirus / genetics
  • Betacoronavirus / isolation & purification*
  • China / epidemiology
  • Contact Tracing
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology
  • Coronavirus Infections / transmission*
  • Coronavirus Infections / virology
  • Humans
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology
  • Pneumonia, Viral / transmission*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / virology
  • Public Health
  • Zoonoses

Supplementary concepts

  • COVID-19
  • severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2