Published: Mon, January 13, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

One Confirmed Dead in China's Pneumonia Outbreak

One Confirmed Dead in China's Pneumonia Outbreak

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it carried out a so-called pan-coronavirus test on the patient under quarantine and confirmed the illness was not caused by a new strain of the coronavirus that has made people sick in Wuhan, Hubei Province.

The patient has since recovered and is well enough to be repatriated.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which cause the common cold, while others found in bats, camels and other animals have evolved into more severe illnesses. Her discovery and successful treatment was indicative of the efficiency and effectiveness of health services in Thailand, Mr Anutin said. "The detection of the patient shows that we have an efficient system of surveillance".

Health officials in the inland city of Wuhan say one person there is dead and seven are in critical condition.

The rest were in stable condition, among which two have been discharged from the hospital, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The patient was a 61-year-old male. Authorities have closed the seafood market.

On January 5, Wuhan reported 59 viral pneumonia cases with causes unknown previously.

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This pneumonia outbreak was identified between December 8, 2019, and January 2, 2020.

Since the release of the gene sequences, coronavirus experts have been pouring over them looking for clues on where the Wuhan nCoV came from, how lab officials might test for it, and how it might behave.

Sharing the genetic sequence of the novel coronavirus is of great importance for other countries' development of specific diagnostic kits, the World Health Organization said, adding that the quality of ongoing investigations and the response measures implemented in Wuhan are reassuring. Dr. butcher expressed concern about the possible mutation of the virus and the start of a unsafe epidemic, in particular was said about the flu passing from animals to humans.

Thai authorities are stepping up monitoring at airports ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday, which begins on Jan 25.

Genomic data pertaining to the novel virus was made publicly available by a team of doctors and researchers in Wuhan, Shanghai, Beijing and Sydney, enabling scientists outside China to study its genetic fingerprint for clues about where and how it might have emerged.

Researchers from other cities have been invited to Wuhan to exchange information.

The virus is responsible for causing deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), avian influenza and adenovirus.

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