Published: Sat, January 11, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

China reports 1st death from new type of coronavirus

China reports 1st death from new type of coronavirus

State-run Xinhua news agency says a team of scientists identified the new type of coronavirus after tests run on 59 people who have been hospitalized since early December.

A mysterious outbreak of pneumonia in central China has preliminarily been pegged to a new coronavirus, but the World Health Organization says there's no need to panic.

'Besides the evolving situation in Wuhan, all travelers should also be aware of the risk of avian flu when visiting China during the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, which begins on January 25, 2020'.

The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said that seven other people were in critical condition. They had not exhibited any pneumonia symptoms for several days.

ON FRIDAY, The Indian Express published a report, sourced from The New York Times, about a new virus identified by Chinese researchers. It said those were in stable condition and at least two had been released from a hospital. Apart from human beings, coronaviruses can affect mammals including pigs, cattle, cats, dogs, martens, camels, hedgehogs and some birds.So far, there are four known disease-causing coronaviruses, among which the best known are the SARS corona virus and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, both of which can cause severe respiratory diseases.

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None of the Hong Kong patients had visited the seafood market in Wuhan where some of the mainland Chinese patients worked. Shortness of breath, chills and body aches are associated with more unsafe kinds of coronavirus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The outbreak has caused alarm due to the link to SARS, or Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which killed 349 people in mainland China and another 299 in Hong Kong more than a decade ago.

China has since ruled out a fresh recurrence of SARS.

The CDC this week also advised US travellers going to Wuhan to avoid animals and sick people and wash their hands often.

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