China virus outbreak linked to seafood market not currently spreading

  • China virus outbreak linked to seafood market not currently spreading

China virus outbreak linked to seafood market not currently spreading

Wuhan health authorities reported the first death due to a recent outbreak of pneumonia caused by an unknown virus.

"It is too early to breathe a collective sigh of relief, as tempting as it may be", the International Society for Infectious Diseases' ProMED-mail programme, an internet service to identify unusual health events, said in an email Monday. The rest of the patients are said to be in stable condition.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has blamed coronavirus as the culprit.

The disease surveillance and monitoring came about as a response to a severe pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan. They reminded some experts of the emergence of SARS in 2003, when the virus spread from China to Hong Kong and then on to Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan, and Toronto, Canada, infecting more than 8,000 people and killing almost 800.

Authorities in Wuhan say no new cases have been detected since January 3, and there is no evidence of person-to-person transmission.

A novel virus sweeping across China has inflicted its first casualty, suggesting the brand new bug could potentially rival its microbial cousin - SARS - in lethality. They identified it as a coronavirus, a group that also includes SARS and MERS.

There have been 41 confirmed cases of the illness, which started spreading in Wuhan last month. More than 8,000 people were infected and 775 died.

Numerous patients had worked at a seafood market where wild animals such as pheasants and snakes, as well as rabbit organs, had also been sold.

The outbreak was linked to a wholesale seafood market in Wuhan that also sold live animals and meat from wildlife.

While no infection has been recorded to date in Vietnam, Vietnamese health authorities have begun to check those coming in from China through the border gates.

Regarding early prospects for testing, Menachery noted that the nucleocapsid protein for coronaviruses is highly conserved across coronavirus families, and the N protein of nCoV is about 90% conserved with the SARS N protein.

Miravite has advised residents to immediately inform them of any relatives who visited China recently and is sick.

Meanwhile, health experts were praising the speed and transparency of the release of the genome sequence of the virus. 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.

Such tools are urgently needed during outbreaks.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which cause the common cold.