Health authorities have now increased their presence at the border to try stop the Coronavirus getting in here, but a public health specialist warns it's more likely than not to eventually arrive in New Zealand.
Fifty-six people have now died in China and more than 2000 are infected worldwide, including four cases in Australia.
Chinese scientists have warned that the new Coronavirus is infectious even before people develop any symptoms.
They believe the incubation period - during which a person has the disease, but no symptoms - ranges from between one and 14 days.
Jordan Bond reports.