China: One dead from mysterious new virus, dozens sick

China: One dead from mysterious new virus, dozens sick

China: One dead from mysterious new virus, dozens sick

The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission reported on Saturday that seven other people were in critical condition.

"Preliminary identification of a novel virus in a short period of time is a notable achievement", Galea said in a statement, adding that it "demonstrates China's increased capacity to manage new outbreaks". "Other patients are in stable condition".

The commission said that up to now, there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission, and no medical personnel was found infected.

For patients with similar respiratory symptoms who recently traveled to Wuhan, the CDC suggests 'healthcare providers consider pneumonia related to the cluster and notify infection control personnel and your local health department immediately'.

Treatments did not improve his symptoms after he was admitted to hospital and he died on the evening of January 9 when his heart failed.

"Although the risk of avian flu to United Kingdom residents traveling to China remains very low, anyone planning to visit China, Hong Kong SAR or Taiwan, should minimize their exposure to any birds such as wild birds or live birds in 'wet markets" as a precaution'. 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.

The unexplained pneumonia cases started popping up in Wuhan - a city 700 miles south of Beijing - on December 12.

Most of those with the illness are workers at or visitors to a particular market in Wuhan which sells fish and wild animals, the World Health Organisation said.

The commission added that no new cases had been detected since January 3.

The Wuhan health commission said the man who died had purchased goods from a seafood market in the city identified by authorities as the centre of the outbreak.

Earlier this week, Chinese scientists reported they had recovered the virus an infected person and generated its genetic sequence. The researchers described the infectious agent as a "coronavirus", identified in a hospitalised person with pneumonia in Wuhan.

Another coronavirus causes MERS, or Middle East respiratory syndrome, which started in Jordan and Saudi Arabia in 2012 and spread into about two dozen other countries.

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