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World SARS-Like Virus Claims Second Life in China as Pneumonia Outbreak Widens

03:50  17 january  2020
03:50  17 january  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

China’s Mystery Pneumonia Cases Are Linked to Novel Coronavirus

  China’s Mystery Pneumonia Cases Are Linked to Novel Coronavirus A mysterious pneumonia outbreak that has sickened dozens in central China is linked to a previously unidentified coronavirus, China Central Television said. © Photographer: Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images Health Screenings In Bangkok For China's Wuhan Pneumonia Further research is needed on the virus, which is different to the coronavirus that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, CCTV said, citing scientists’ early findings. The World Health Organization said earlier Thursday a novel virus may be the cause of the outbreak in Wuhan.

A second person died in central China after being infected with the new SARS - like virus that’s caused dozens of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, and Much remains to be understood about the new coronavirus, which was first identified in China earlier this month, the World Health Organization said

A second person has died in China from a new, pneumonia - like virus , local Sars - severe acute respiratory syndrome - killed more than 700 people around the world during an outbreak in China has been free of Sars since May 2004. Unconfirmed reports on social media say the latest victim was

(Bloomberg) -- A second person died in central China after being infected with the new SARS-like virus that’s caused dozens of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, and emerged in Japan and Thailand this week.

a man standing in front of a building: A man leaves the Wuhan Medical Treatment Centre in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, China on Jan. 12.© Getty Images via Bloomberg A man leaves the Wuhan Medical Treatment Centre in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, China on Jan. 12.

The patient, a 69-year-old man, died Wednesday at the Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital in Hubei province after a two-week illness that progressed to multi organ failure, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said late Thursday. The city has reported 41 cases of pneumonia caused by the so-called 2019-nCoV virus. Twelve patients have been cured and discharged, five are being treated for severe illness, and two have died.

China Reports First Death From Mysterious Pneumonia Outbreak

  China Reports First Death From Mysterious Pneumonia Outbreak One person has died from a mysterious pneumonia outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the first death that’s been linked to a new coronavirus. © Photographer: Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images AsiaPac BANGKOK, THAILAND - JANUARY 08: Public Health Officials run thermal scans on passengers arriving from Wuhan, China at Suvarnabumi Airport on January 8, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand has ordered thermoscanning of passengers in four Thai airports, including Suvarnabumi, Don Mueang, Phuket and Chiang Mai. The disease surveillance and monitoring came about as a response to a severe pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan.

Health authorities in central China scaled back the size of a pneumonia outbreak that had triggered international attention, and stressed that the newly identified Scientists still don’t know the source of the virus , and it’s possible it might lurk in animals sold at other markets in China , ProMED-mail said.

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

Authorities in Japan reported a case Thursday in a resident of Kanagawa prefecture aged in his 30s, who had spent time with an infected person in Wuhan. That’s the second time someone outside China was found to be infected with the novel coronavirus, which has captured international attention because of similarities with the one that sparked Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, 17 years ago.

Unlike SARS, which killed almost 800 people, the new virus doesn’t appear to spread easily between people. Much remains to be understood about the new coronavirus, which was first identified in China earlier this month, the World Health Organization said in a statement Thursday in response to the case in Japan.

“Not enough is known about 2019-nCoV to draw definitive conclusions about how it is transmitted, clinical features of disease, or the extent to which it has spread,” the Geneva-based agency said. “The source also remains unknown.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Jason Gale in Melbourne at j.gale@bloomberg.net;Zoe Ma in Sydney at zma13@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Patterson at mpatterson10@bloomberg.net, Tony Jordan

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