With the arrival of the Lunar New Year, Japan and other international destinations are bracing for an annual influx of tourists.

But as the deadly new coronavirus spreads from the site of its first detection in Wuhan, international concern is mounting that the world may face an epidemic similar to the 2002-2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

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