BAYONNE, NJ - A Royal Caribbean cruise that docked in Bayonne early Friday was met by health officials as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.

One of the passengers, according to several reports, had been treated for a fever when the ship was still in the Caribbean.

Four other passengers, Mayor Jimmy Davis said on Facebook, are under observation and were taken to an area hospital for screening. All other passengers were being disembarked as of approximately 9:00 a.m.

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A total of 27 passengers who recently travelled from mainland China were screened by personnel from the U.S, Centers for Disease Control, Governor Phil Murphy confirmed. 

The virus causes pneumonia. Those who have fallen ill are reported to suffer coughs, fever, and breathing difficulties. In severe cases there can be organ failure.

If people are admitted to hospital, they may get support for their lungs and other organs as well as fluids. Recovery will depend on the strength of their immune system. Many of those who have died were already in poor health.

Although the virus originated in animals, human to human transmission has been confirmed in China.

A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean issued a statement saying that the cruise line is following guidelines currently being used for airlines and conducted elevated screening to check on the spread of coronavirus.

This comes at a time when a cruise ship in Japan had multiple confirmed cases of the virus.

The World Health Organization said that there are more than 31,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide, resulting in about 600 deaths.

In the United States there have been confirmed cases in Washington, Arizona, Illinois, California and Massachusetts. 

Although the virus began in China late last year, the outbreak reports came only after Chinese New Years at a time when Chinese often travel extensively and to remote parts of the globe.

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