Health & Fit New SARS related virus, Wuhan pneumonia, idenitified in China's mysterious pneumonia outbreak

15:40  09 january  2020
15:40  09 january  2020 Source:   cnn.com

China probes mystery pneumonia outbreak amid SARS fears

  China probes mystery pneumonia outbreak amid SARS fears Authorities are investigating an outbreak of viral pneumonia in central China amid online speculation that it might be linked to SARS, the flu-like virus that killed hundreds of people a decade ago. 

A mysterious viral pneumonia that has infected dozens in central China is not Severe Acute Respiratory Hong Kong has admitted 16 travellers with pneumonia -like symptoms to hospital, the South China Morning Post reported China pneumonia outbreak : Mystery virus probed in Wuhan .

Confirmed cases of a mystery virus causing atypical pneumonia have continued to grow as authorities in the central Chinese city of Wuhan ruled out Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome , or SARS . In Hong Kong, 21 people have been treated in isolation in hospitals in the city after arriving

A mysterious pneumonia outbreak that has struck dozens of people and put China on edge is from the same family of viruses as the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), according to Chinese scientists.

a close up of a flower: A three-dimensional rendition of coronavirus© Shutterstock A three-dimensional rendition of coronavirus

They've found a new coronavirus in 15 of 57 patients with the illness in the central city of Wuhan, Hubei province saying it has been preliminarily identified as the pathogen for the outbreak, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Thursday.

The report said the whole genome sequence of the virus has been obtained, and a sample isolated from one of the patients showed "typical coronavirus appearance" under an electron microscope.

China pneumonia outbreak: It's not SARS, so what is it?

  China pneumonia outbreak: It's not SARS, so what is it? Chinese health authorities are still investigating the cause of a mysterious pneumonia outbreak that has infected dozens and put Asia on alert, after ruling out a return of the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).© Andreas Rentz/Getty Images A doctor injects a flu vaccination. © PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images Passengers get their temperature checked in 2015 as part of preventive measures against the spread of MERS at Hong Kong airport. A total of 59 cases of unknown viral pneumonia have been reported in the city of Wuhan, central China, with seven patients in critical condition, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said in a statement on Sunday.

Researchers in China have identified a new virus that is behind a mysterious pneumonialike SARS , a dangerous respiratory disease and also a coronavirus, spread from southern China in Last weekend, laboratory tests in China ruled out SARS ; the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

It is thought the pneumonia which struck the Chinese city of Wuhan was caused by a new virus . Preliminary tests indicated the illness may be caused by a new coronavirus, lead scientist Xu Jianguo told the official Xinhua news agency. China pneumonia : Sars ruled out as dozens fall ill in Wuhan .

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to SARS, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Symptoms can range from fever and coughing to kidney failure, and in some cases lead to death. Some coronaviruses transmit easily from person to person, while others do not.

SARS infected more than 8,000 people and killed 774 in a pandemic that ripped through Asia and spread to 37 countries in 2002 and 2003. A coronavirus is also the culprit for deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. MERS has since killed 851 people globally, according to the WHO.

The SARS virus, a coronavirus like the common cold, is shown in pink in this electron micrograph image from the Centers for Disease Control.© Centers for Disease Control The SARS virus, a coronavirus like the common cold, is shown in pink in this electron micrograph image from the Centers for Disease Control. But the new coronavirus in Wuhan appears to not be as lethal as SARS or MERS. Its symptoms are mainly fever, with a number of patients having difficulty breathing. Eight patients had recovered and been discharged from hospital as of Wednesday, and no deaths have been reported, according to CCTV.

First possible mystery pneumonia case reported in South Korea

  First possible mystery pneumonia case reported in South Korea A 36-year-old Chinese woman has been quarantined by South Korean authorities under suspicion of transporting a form of viral pneumonia with an unknown cause to the country.The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the Korea Centers of Disease Control and Prevention believes the woman visited Wuhan, a Chinese city thought to be the center of the disease's outbreak, during a recent business trip to mainland China.The case, if confirmed, wouldThe Associated Press reported Wednesday that the Korea Centers of Disease Control and Prevention believes the woman visited Wuhan, a Chinese city thought to be the center of the disease's outbreak, during a recent business trip to mainland China.

Health officials in China are trying to identify a mysterious strain of pneumonia that' s infected dozens of people since last month. They have ruled out MERS and a return of the SARS virus -- which killed nearly 800 people worldwide almost 20 years ago. CNN’ s Kristie Lu Stout reports .

News of the pneumonia outbreak led to speculation online that it might be linked to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome ( SARS ), a highly contagious SARS was brought under control through quarantines and other extreme measures, but not before causing a virtual shutdown to travel in China

The virus was first detected in Wuhan on December 12. Since then, a total of 59 people have been struck by the illness, with seven patients in critical condition at some stage, Chinese health authorities said on Sunday.

Authorities said there has been no obvious evidence of human-to-human transmission, and no healthcare workers have been infected.

Some of the patients were employed at a seafood market in Wuhan. Local media reported the market also sold other live animals, including birds, rabbits and snakes -- sparking concerns that the virus might have been transmitted to humans from animals.

According to the WHO, coronaviruses can infect both humans and animals. The coronavirus that causes SARS was traced to the civet cat, a wild animal considered a delicacy in parts of southern China, where the epidemic began. And dromedary camels are considered a likely source of MERS.

Mysterious viral pneumonia outbreak in China claims its first victim

  Mysterious viral pneumonia outbreak in China claims its first victim The patient was a regular customer at a food market to which many of the cases have been traced. Prior to falling ill, the man had been diagnosed with abdominal tumors. He also suffered from chronic liver disease, according to the outlet.The news comes after scientists in China researching the outbreak identified a new type of coronavirus as the likely culprit behind the illnesses, Chinese state media reported last week.Lead scientist Xu Jianguo said that “preliminary tests” indicated a new coronavirus is the cause of the illness.

Chinese authorities have ruled out several known viruses , including SARS , the UN' s public health body has said. Dozens of people have been treated Chinese state media said on Thursday that an outbreak of more than 50 pneumonia cases in the central city of Wuhan could be caused by a new

A newly emerging virus related to the deadly SARS pathogen could be propelling a sudden outbreak of pneumonia in China , where dozens have suffered Unlike SARS , which spreads with relative ease, Chinese scientists say the new bug does not appear to be exceptionally contagious, one sign

Professor Leo Poon, a virologist at Hong Kong University and SARS expert, said coronaviruses can be found in many animals, including pigs, cattle, dogs, cats, bats and birds. Six coronaviruses are known to infect humans -- four of them typically cause the common cold, and the other two are SARS and MERS.

"Many of the coronaviruses in animals are harmless to humans. The new strain of coronavirus may have been caused by humans coming into contact with animals that we did not usually have contact with before," he said, citing the game sold at the market.

Like SARS and MERS, there may not be effective medication directly targeting the new coronavirus, but supportive treatments -- such as assisted respiration and fever relief -- can be provided to cure the symptoms, according to Poon.

"No patient has died from the disease so far, and it appears that the supportive treatments are effective," he said.

In a statement on Thursday, the WHO said China's preliminary identification of a novel virus in a short period of time demonstrates the country's "increased capacity to manage new outbreaks." In 2003, Chinese officials initially covered up the extent of the SARS outbreak, drawing criticism at home and abroad.

China: Possible that new virus could spread between humans

  China: Possible that new virus could spread between humans The possibility that a new virus in central China could spread between humans cannot be ruled out, though the risk of transmission at the moment appears to be low, Chinese officials said Wednesday. Forty-one people in the city of Wuhan have received a preliminary diagnosis of a novel coronavirus, a family of viruses that can cause both the common cold and more serious diseases. A 61-year-old man with severe underlying conditions died from the coronavirus on Saturday.

"In the coming weeks, more comprehensive information is required to understand the current status and epidemiology of the outbreak, and the clinical picture. Further investigations are also required to determine the source, modes of transmission, extent of infection and countermeasures implemented," the WHO statement said.

The WHO will continue to monitor the situation and advises against the application of any travel or trade restrictions on China based on the information currently available.

But across Asia, governments have stepped up preventive measures such as airport temperature screening and notification requirements in the wake of the Wuhan outbreak.

On Wednesday, South Korea reported a suspected case linked to the Wuhan pneumonia, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patient, a Chinese woman who had visited Wuhan in December, has been isolated and is undergoing treatment and further tests.

In Hong Kong, 38 people have been found with fever or respiratory symptoms after traveling from Wuhan, according to the city's Hospital Authority. Among them, 21 have been discharged and so far none has been linked to the cluster of pneumonia in Wuhan.

In Singapore, travelers arriving from Wuhan are also required to go through temperature screening, according to the Ministry of Health. Doctors have been alerted to look out for suspected cases of pneumonia among people who recently returned from there.

China's travel industry braces as coronavirus outbreak revives memories of SARS .
China's biggest online travel agency is waiving cancellation fees for trips to the central Chinese city of Wuhan as a deadly new virus sparks fear in the country. Local authorities in the central China city of Wuhan have delayed the city's 2020 Lunar New Year celebration set to begin Saturday, amid fears that a pneumonia-causing virus is spreading through the city. The decision Tuesday by Trip.com, also known as Ctrip, is one of the first signs of China's travel industry starting to respond to the new coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan and has killed at least six people and sickened hundreds.

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