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SARS-type virus blamed for outbreak in China

Posted on Thursday, 9 January, 2020 | Comment icon 512 comments

Efforts are underway to prevent the spread of infection. Image Credit: CC BY 4.0 Nesnad
Scientists now believe that a coronavirus is responsible for a recent pneumonia outbreak in the city of Wuhan.
Since December of last year, as many as 60 people in China have fallen ill with pneumonia due to a mysterious contagion that has remained notoriously difficult to identify.

Now according to lead scientist Xu Jianguo, preliminary laboratory results based on the testing of infected blood samples and throat swabs indicate that a new coronavirus may be to blame.

It's a possibility also backed up by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Coronoviruses are responsible for a number of different illnesses ranging from the common cold to the flu-like SARS virus which infected 8,098 people and killed 774 back at the beginning of the century.
As it happens, SARS also originated in China before spreading to dozens of other countries.

As things stand however, this new virus seems to be contained in Wuhan for the time being and there is no direct evidence that it is even capable of being transmitted from human to human.

According to China's WHO representative Gauden Galea, more work needs to be done to "determine the source, modes of transmission, extent of infection and countermeasures implemented."

In the meantime, authorities are stepping up efforts to screen travelers and to effectively disinfect trains, planes and other modes of public transport in case the virus does start to spread.

So far nobody has died, however seven of those infected are said to be in a critical condition.

Source: BBC News | Comments (512)

Tags: China, Virus

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #503 Posted by RoofGardener on 12 March, 2020, 8:40
I was amused by the following tweet exchange (Stephen King is the author of The Stand; a story that begins with the outbreak of a biological weapons called "Captain Trips" )
Comment icon #504 Posted by rashore on 12 March, 2020, 13:47
NYC is up to 62 cases and will be introducing more restrictions...
Comment icon #505 Posted by Eldorado on 12 March, 2020, 14:33
In China, it continues to wane. "On March 11, 31 provincial-level regions on the Chinese mainland as well as the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps reported 15 new cases of confirmed infections, 33 new cases of suspected infections, and 11 deaths (10 in Hubei province and 1 in Shaanxi province). 1,318 patients were released from hospital after being cured. 2,206 people who had had close contact with infected patients were freed from medical observation. Serious cases decreased by 235." China Gov:
Comment icon #506 Posted by susieice on 12 March, 2020, 14:54
The Mayor insisted he was going to hold the huge St Patrick's Day Parade, but Governor Cuomo intervened and postponed it. I'm a little over an hour's drive out of NYC. Getting ready to stock up on food now so I don't have to go out for a while.†
Comment icon #507 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year on 12 March, 2020, 15:02
John Hopkins stats on the virus. As of this posting Confirmed cases: 126,863 Deaths: 4,718 Recovered: 68,310
Comment icon #508 Posted by Great Old Man on 12 March, 2020, 18:51
† even Brazil President has been infected Corona Virus! That's really disaster. and He met President Trump before! †
Comment icon #509 Posted by toast on 12 March, 2020, 19:12
Mar-a-Lago: drinks 45-95$ in general, pool/beach/Corona no charge for Imperator-Platinum-Membersô
Comment icon #510 Posted by razman on 13 March, 2020, 12:35
gotta wonder if you can really trust any of these reporting sources. Or if they really even know.
Comment icon #511 Posted by Raptor Witness on 13 March, 2020, 18:01
Coronavirus deaths in Italy rise to 1,266 - up 250 in a day -†Sky News 3-13-2020 ___________ I have†heard rumors, so I donít know if itís true, that they are actually holding lotteryís in Italy, to see who lives or dies.
Comment icon #512 Posted by Eldorado on 23 March, 2020, 13:07
South Korea reports lowest number of new cases in four weeks BBC: Moscow Workers Race to Finish 'Chinese-Inspired' Virus Hospital Moscow Times: Link

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