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Health & Fit Coronavirus: Second death from SARS-like illness in Wuhan, China

16:25  17 january  2020
16:25  17 january  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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.

Case of mystery Sars - like illness found outside China for first time. On Thursday Japan confirmed a man in his 30s had been infected with the virus, and a Chinese woman was quarantined in Thailand with a mystery strain of coronavirus .

A second person has died from a new form of coronavirus in central China , health authorities said. In total, 41 people in Wuhan have been diagnosed with a novel coronavirus , a family of viruses that can cause both the common cold and more severe diseases like SARS and MERS.

A second person has died in China from a new virus that has infected dozens of people and put the rest of Asia on alert, Chinese health officials said Thursday.

a close up of a flower: Three-dimensional drawing of Coronavirus© Shutterstock Three-dimensional drawing of Coronavirus

A 69-year-old man identified only by his surname, Xiong, died on Wednesday in the central city of Wuhan in Hebei province, which is where the pneumonia-like outbreak originated, local health officials said in a statement.

His death follows that of a 61-year-old man in the same city on January 9, who died after respiratory failure caused by severe pneumonia.

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.

A second person has died from pneumonia in the central Chinese city of Wuhan after an outbreak of a previously unknown virus On Thursday Japan confirmed a man in his 30s had been infected with the virus, and a Chinese woman was quarantined in Thailand with a mystery strain of coronavirus .

Severe acute respiratory syndrome ( SARS ) is a viral respiratory disease of zoonotic origin caused by the SARS coronavirus ( SARS -CoV).

Chinese scientists identified the illness as a new strain of coronavirus, which is in the same family as the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Symptoms of coronaviruses can range from fever and coughing to kidney failure, and in some cases lead to death.

But the new coronavirus in Wuhan appears to not be as lethal as MERS, or SARS, which infected more than 8,000 people and killed 774 in a pandemic that ripped through Asia in 2002 and 2003.

Currently, 41 cases of the new coronavirus have been reported in Wuhan, central China's largest city. Five of those patients are in serious condition while 12 have been discharged after treatment, local health authorities said. Other patients are stable and under treatment.

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A second person has died from a mysterious virus in the central Chinese city of Wuhan , officials said Thursday. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome ( SARS ) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

A second person has died in China from a mysterious SARS -linked virus that has stricken dozens and appeared in two other Asian countries. Local authorities said a 69-year-old man died on Wednesday in Wuhan , the central Chinese city believed to be the epicentre of an outbreak of a coronavirus from

In total, 763 people who had close contact with the infected patients have been traced. Of those, 644 people have been discharged and 119 are still under medical observation, but no infected cases have been found among them, according to health officials.

The man who died on Wednesday fell ill on December 31 and was admitted to Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital five days later, where his condition worsened.

Health officials said he suffered from abnormal renal function, inflammation of the heart muscle and severe damage to multiple organ functions. Scans also showed lung damage with possible tuberculosis.

Thailand confirmed its second case of the new coronavirus on Thursday -- the third case in total found outside of China. The virus was also confirmed Thursday to have been detected in Japan. In all three cases, the infected people had traveled to Wuhan.

In Wuhan, the first, and the majority, of the infected patients have been traced to the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market, which has been shut down for disinfection since January 1. Wuhan health authorities said on Wednesday that some "environmental samples" taken from the market tested positive for the virus.

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Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales.

Xiong's is the second death associated with the current outbreak. Last Saturday, a 61-year-old man who had previously been diagnosed with abdominal Most of the coronavirus patients this time either worked at or visited a particular seafood market in Wuhan . The market has since been shut down for

Apart from fish, 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, just like SARS and MERS.

a building with a metal fence: Members of staff of the Wuhan Hygiene Emergency Response Team conduct searches on the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan.© NOEL CELIS/AFP/AFP via Getty Images Members of staff of the Wuhan Hygiene Emergency Response Team conduct searches on the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan. The outbreak has cast a shadow over celebrations for Lunar New Year, which falls on January 25, and put the rest of Asia on edge. Hundreds of millions of people in China are expected to travel over the course of the new year period, both within the country and overseas.

Researchers have yet to rule out the possibility that the virus could be transmitted from person to person and virologists around the world are now studying its genome sequence shared by Chinese researchers.

On Wednesday, Hong Kong's Food and Health officials said there is a "limited" chance of human-to-human transmission of the new coronavirus, though added that such a possibility could not be ignored.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Watch Level 1 Alert -- the lowest of a three-tier travel health notice that warns visitors to Wuhan to "be aware and practice usual precautions."

a man holding a sign: Japan has confirmed a case of a new coronavirus that emerged in China, authorities said on January 16.© JIJI PRESS/STR/AFP/Getty Images Japan has confirmed a case of a new coronavirus that emerged in China, authorities said on January 16.

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