Saturday, 08 August, 2020

China Reports First Death from Mysterious Pneumonia Outbreak; 7 in Critical Condition

EPA-EFE Temperature checks being conducted on passengers arriving from China at Incheon airport in Seoul on Thursday
Gustavo Carr | 13 January, 2020, 14:36

"We're confident that we can control the situation".

Multiple people without safety equipment were seen exiting and entering the market, however, while some guards appeared more concerned about the spread of unflattering images than contagion. The rest of the patients are said to be in stable condition.

The patient who died was identified as a 61-year-old man who had been admitted after suffering shortness of breath and severe pneumonia.

One of Wuhan's largest meat and seafood markets was pinpointed as the centre of the mysterious pneumonia outbreak and was shut down on January 1. But the investigations rule out the presence of any of these respiratory pathogens.

There have been no new cases reported since January 3 and no indication of the disease transmitting among humans, authorities said.

This pneumonia outbreak was identified between December 8, 2019, and January 2, 2020.

The KCDC said that based on the latest test, and the state of the patient's health, it consulted doctors and chose to allow her to leave.

"The genetic sequence will be of great importance for other countries to use in developing specific diagnostic kits". Dr. butcher expressed concern about the possible mutation of the virus and the start of a risky epidemic, in particular was said about the flu passing from animals to humans.

Chinese scientists identified the new virus strain last week.

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Her husband Cao said most of their neighbours in the Wuchang district across the river from Huanan market were "not worried", as they rarely crossed over to the other side of the city.

Apart from human beings, coronaviruses can affect mammals including pigs, cattle, cats, dogs, martens, camels, hedgehogs and some birds.So far, there are four known disease-causing coronaviruses, among which the best known are the SARS corona virus and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, both of which can cause severe respiratory diseases.

Andrew Rambaut, a professor of molecular evolution at the University of Edinburgh, said the novel coronavirus is 89% similar to a SARS-related bat coronavirus. "But that doesn't mean it comes from bats".

Linfa Wang, a professor and director of the emerging infectious diseases programme at the Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, said he was travelling to Wuhan Tuesday.

Possible cases of the same illness have been reported in Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan involving recent travelers to Wuhan.

Wang and colleagues showed in April 2018 that a novel bat coronavirus caused acute diarrhoea in pigs, leading to a large-scale outbreak that killed nearly 25,000 piglets on four farms in southern China's Guangdong province from 2013 to 2016.

More than 40 people have been diagnosed with the new virus in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province and one person has died from the complications caused by it. "We learnt that they have been isolated, and the disease is being traced or investigated to unearth its cause", he stated.

"This whole investigation is nearly like SARS No 2", Wang said.