Korea reports 1st case of mysterious pneumonia

Pablo Tucker
January 13, 2020

Coronaviruses are spread through coughing or sneezing or by touching an infected person.

Medical authorities in Wuhan also ruled out Sars, Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers), and avian influenza as possible causes of the outbreak and the Wuhan health bureau had said there was no evidence so far of human-to-human transmission. While some are less severe, other types of the coronavirus such as the MERS may be more deadly.

"Preliminary identification of a novel virus in a short period of time is a notable achievement and demonstrates China's increased capacity to manage new outbreaks".

Let us take a look at a few other places that have seen variants of the SARS virus. Eight have recovered and were discharged from hospital on Wednesday.

Laboratory experts as of Wednesday evening had found the novel coronavirus in 15 of the 59 cases, CCTV said, adding that more research must be done before a conclusion is reached.


As of Thursday, Hong Kong hospitals reported 48 suspected cases of respiratory illness linked to visits to the central Chinese city. Reports from Wuhan suggest no human-to-human transmission, which could be good news and wouldn't be out of the question.

David Hui Shu-cheong, chairman, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, said he had contacted his mainland colleagues and the team of experts there would probably be able to publish an initial report about this new coronavirus next week. As of Sunday, seven patients were in critical condition, while others were in stable condition.

Taiwanese authorities have quarantined a patient who became sick with flu symptoms Monday, about two weeks after her return from a trip to Wuhan.

The new illnesses had raised fears of a recurrence of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome.

There is a mysterious pneumonia which has sickened many people in China and there was only one information which the health officials have for sure and that is that this is not being caused by any of the past culprits like the virus of SARS. In China, 349 individuals died in 2003, and one other 299 in Hong Kong.


World Health Organization representative Galea said "people with symptoms of pneumonia and reported travel history to Wuhan have been identified at worldwide airports".

The statement also underlined that the local government is paying close attention to the latest developments concerning the Wuhan pneumonia cases and has taken a string of measures to minimise the risk of such cases affecting Macau.

City residents anxious about the outbreak have rushed to buy face masks from local pharmacies, with many selling out earlier this week. The market was closed and decontaminated on January 1.

The coming holiday has prompted concerns in Taiwan, where top officials urged the island's health and welfare ministry to strengthen quarantine controls at airports.


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