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Health & Fit Mysterious viral pneumonia outbreak in China claims its first victim

09:28  14 january  2020
09:28  14 january  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

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An outbreak of viral pneumonia that has sickened dozens in the Chinese city of Wuhan has killed at least one person, marking the first fatality since The man, who was not identified, passed away on Thursday night. Mysterious viral pneumonia outbreak in china likely caused by

SHANGHAI, CHINA - A 61-year-old man has died from pneumonia in the central Chinese city of Wuhan after an outbreak of a yet to be identified virus while seven The Wuhan health authority in its statement also urged the public to take more precautions against infectious diseases, and said it

An outbreak of viral pneumonia that has sickened dozens in the Chinese city of Wuhan has killed at least one person.

According to Chinese state media, the first fatality is a 61-year-old man, The New York Times reported. The man, who was not identified, passed away Thursday night.

The patient was a regular customer at the South China Seafood City food market, the same location 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.

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The outbreak in central China of viral pneumonia caused by a newly-discovered coronavirus similar to the one that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has claimed its first victim , municipal authorities reported on Friday. According to a statement by the Wuhan Municipal Health

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. At least 41 people have tested positive for the pathogen, with seven patients considered in critical condition, according to The New York Times.

Coronavirus can cause a range of illnesses, from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) — the latter of which infected some 8,000 people in 2003. At least 770 died after it spread to other cities and countries. No new cases of SARS have been reported since 2004, according to The Associated Press.

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The man, the first victim of the outbreak that began in December, was a regular buyer at a seafood market in the city, who had been previously diagnosed with abdominal tumors and chronic liver disease, the health authority said. Treatments did not improve his symptoms after he was admitted to hospital

The man, the first victim of the outbreak that began in December, was a regular buyer at the seafood market, who had been previously diagnosed with The outbreak comes ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays in late January, when many of China 's 1 .4 billion people will be traveling to their home towns

That said, Chinese state media say the illness in Wuhan is different from coronaviruses that have been identified in the past. Earlier laboratory tests ruled out SARS and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), as well as influenza, bird flu, adenovirus, and other common respiratory pathogens.

Symptoms of coronaviruses, which can spread through coughing or sneezing or by touching an infected person, include a runny nose, headache, cough and fever. Shortness of breath, chills and body aches are associated with more dangerous kinds of coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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