Wuhan pneumonia outbreak: First case reported outside China

Wuhan pneumonia outbreak: First case reported outside China

Wuhan pneumonia outbreak: First case reported outside China

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, from Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection, said there were two family group cases among the recorded cases in Wuhan, including the husband and wife and a separate case of a father, son and nephew living together.

China's local health authorities say limited human-to-human infections of a mysterious pneumonia can not be ruled out, citing a case involving a couple.

Investigation into how the virus is spread is ongoing, but "from the information that we have it is possible that there is limited human-to-human transmission, potentially among families", Maria Van Kerkhove, acting head of the WHO's emerging diseases unit, said in a news briefing, according to Reuters. A 61-year-old man died, while six are in severe condition.

"The possibility of cases being identified in other countries was not unexpected, and reinforces why World Health Organization calls for on-going active monitoring and preparedness in other countries", its statement said.

"Tests have not found any explicit evidence of the virus' human-to-human transmission at the moment".

Several patients visited or worked at the seafood market, which also sells wild game. Meanwhile, the wife said she hasn't had any exposure to the market. The woman is now recovering, and officials continue to investigate the case. But since the spouse didn't display symptoms until days after her husband, also, he likely murdered her.

Concerns elsewhere in Asia have led to airport screenings in many cities, with memories of the SARS virus that killed more than 700 people in the early 2000's.

Authorities in Banteay Meanchey province have stepped up checks at the Poipet border with Aranyaprathet district of Sa Kaeo following reports that a Chinese tourist to Thailand had been confirmed to be infected with a new pneumonia-like disease.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong has sent a delegation to Wuhan to learn about the illness. Most patients diagnosed with the illness, which has been identified as a coronavirus, had visited or worked at Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said at a January 14 press conference that she would provide further updates after a scheduled meeting with local health experts on January 15. It also urged citizens who had traveled to Wuhan and were feeling sick to seek medical care. There have since been no new cases or deaths, Wuhan health authorities said on Tuesday.

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