Published: Sat, January 11, 2020
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Wuhan reports one death in latest pneumonia outbreak

Wuhan reports one death in latest pneumonia outbreak

Travellers should seek medical attention if they develop respiratory symptoms within 14 days of visiting Wuhan, informing their health service prior to their attendance about their recent travel to the city. Now, the new coronavirus has been detected in over 15 cases so far.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses first identified in humans in the mid-1960s. Another coronavirus has been linked to MERS, or Middle East respiratory syndrome, that has killed 851 people and sickened almost 2,500 since it was first appeared in 2012.

Common symptoms include a runny nose, headache, cough and fever.

"The national, provincial and municipal expert groups comprehensively judged the clinical manifestations, epidemiological history, and laboratory test results of patients admitted to the hospital for treatment, and 41 cases of pneumonia with a new coronavirus infection were initially diagnosed, of which two were discharged, seven cases were severe and one died". Shortness of breath, chills and body aches are associated with more risky kinds of coronavirus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The mysterious illness has led to panic in parts of China, which was hit by a deadly epidemic of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, 17 years ago. More than 8,000 people were infected and 775 died.

Human cases of avian influenza have recently been reported in China, and historically there have been more cases at this time of year.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out a health alert advising physicians who treat patients with pneumonia-like illness to consider a possible link to the Chinese outbreak and to wear masks and take other precautions in treating patients who recently travelled to Wuhan. An official with China's transportation ministry says the agency will begin efforts to disinfect public transportation stations and cargo hubs to prevent the spread of the virus.

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