Published: Sun, January 12, 2020
Medical | By Mark Scott

Man infected with mystery virus in China dies after outbreak

Man infected with mystery virus in China dies after outbreak

As of Sunday, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said 59 people in the central Chinese city were being treated for the respiratory illness. The mysterious illness has led to panic in parts of China, which was hit by a deadly epidemic of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, 17 years ago. Although there are still many questions to be answered, the announcement indicates that researchers are making some progress.

A previously unknown type of pneumonia was registered in the country, which Chinese experts assume to be caused by a new type of coronavirus. At present, no medical staff infections have been found, and no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission has been found.

Treatment failed to improve his symptoms and he died on January 9 due to heart failure.

The man, who was found to have frequented the Huanan Seafood Market for business, also suffered from chronic liver disease as well as abdominal tumors.

'Travelers should seek medical attention if they develop respiratory symptoms within 14 days of visiting Wuhan, informing their health service prior to their attendance about their recent travel to the city'.

According to Chinese health officials, the new virus causes severe illness in some patients and does not transmit easily between people.

The Wuhan health authority in its statement also urged the public to take more precautions against infectious diseases, and said it was pushing ahead with tests to diagnose the pathogen and as of Friday had completed nucleic acid tests. 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. More than 8,000 people were sickened and almost 800 died, but no cases have been reported since 2004. The market was closed January 1.

Local officials say many patients worked at a local seafood market, which has now been closed.

'The UK has robust arrangements to manage emerging diseases and we can draw on our experience of developing pioneering diagnostic tests in humans for the coronaviruses - SARS and MERS'.

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