S Korea confirms 1st case of new coronavirus in Chinese visitor

S Korea confirms 1st case of new coronavirus in Chinese visitor

S Korea confirms 1st case of new coronavirus in Chinese visitor

The ease of person-to-person spread rests on several factors, including how well the virus replicates in a person and where in the body the infection is located.

The virus causing the current outbreak is different from those previously identified, Chinese scientists said earlier this month.

While the new virus has not shown death rates like SARS - which infected more than 8,000 people and killed 774 in a pandemic that ripped through Asia in 2002 and 2003 - a new study by Imperial College London suggests the number of infections in Wuhan is likely to have been grossly underestimated. Late a year ago, China reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause.

Screening measures have been implemented in some neighboring countries for passengers arriving from Wuhan. "We are taking a cautious approach to this outbreak and we're preparing ourselves to respond quickly to any new developments".

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that range from the common cold to MERS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, and SARS, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

Coronaviruses are a broad family of viruses, but only six (the new one would make it seven) are known to infect people.

Beijing said on Sunday it will increase efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak, while health authorities around the world are working to prevent its spread.

There is now no vaccine for the new coronavirus, but the World Health Organization is warning people to avoid contact with others who have acute respiratory infections, to avoid being around dead animals, and to only eat thoroughly cooked meat and eggs.

In addition to seafood, the market sells chickens, bats, cats, marmots, and other wild animals.

"There are indications that some limited person-to-person spread may have occurred", the CDC said on Friday. In coastal Zhejiang province, authorities reported five suspected cases who visited Wuhan.

Bundled up in winter clothes as they head home for the Lunar New Year holiday amid a health scare over a mystery new virus, Chinese travelers on the teeming concourse of Beijing West station were evenly split between the masked and the barefaced.

New cases of people coming down with pneumonia-like symptoms have been reported in Japan and Thailand.

Fontanet said health workers in China had responded admirably by rapidly carrying out testing among patients and linking the cases to the market in question. A further three had been discharged from the hospital. Another eight patients are now hospitalized in serious condition. "Meanwhile, testing plans and processes have been improved and optimised, and testing speed has been accelerated".

Of the 136 patients reported over the weekend, 66 were male and 70 were female; the youngest was 25 years old and the oldest was 89.

Doctors became aware of the problem when people, who had worked or visited the market, began to suffer from fever, coughing and breathing difficulties in late December.

Thailand is on high alert ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays next week, when almost a million Chinese visitors are expected to arrive.

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