A deadly virus called the Coronavirus has hit China.
The virus has never been seen in humans before and although the number of people affected is very small, it has started to spread more widely.
Governments around the world are starting to take action to contain it.
Because it’s new, there’s currently no vaccine or medicine to take to treat it. The only way to prevent stop it spreading is to stop close contact with other people who’ve got it.
What is this virus and where has it come from?
The virus is a well-known virus and was first spotted in a city called Wuhan in China. It’s called a coronavirus because, under the microscope, it looks like lots of little crowns.
So far, there have been over 500 confirmed cases and 17 people have died. There have been no cases in New Zealand.
The virus is a respiratory virus which means it can affect people’s breathing and lungs. It can be spread person to person by coughing and sneezing. However, it can lead to more serious illnesses like pneumonia which can lead to death in vulnerable people.