China pneumonia virus spreads as infection rates increase

China reports 4 more cases in viral pneumonia outbreak

CDC begins ‘enhanced’ health screenings at 3 airports due to China virus

Scientists believe from an early study that the outbreak may have spread to people through snakes sold at a Wuhan seafood market.

Coronaviruses are a broad family of viruses, but only six (the new one would make it seven) are known to infect people.

Passengers wear masks to prevent an outbreak of a new coronavirus at the Hong Kong West Kowloon High Speed Train Station, in Hong Kong, China Jan. 23, 2020.

The virus belongs to the same family of coronaviruses such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, which killed almost 650 people globally during a 2002-'03 outbreak that also started in China. So how concerned should you be about this new disease?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people, and others that circulate among animal, including camels, cats, and bats, the CDC said.

"But this could change if the virus mutates", Associate Professor Senanayake said. The virus strain was 80% genetically identical to SARS. The British experts report as many as 1,700 people may have been sickened by the disease, which can range from mild respiratory symptoms to severe disease and death. Now out of the 41 illness cases, 12 people have been discharged from the hospital, while five patients remain critically ill.

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Almost three-quarters of people infected are over the age of 40, with 40 per cent of sufferers already having existing underlying conditions.

About half-a-dozen patients were in critical condition.

The fact that people seem able to fight off the infection and recover is a good sign, says Machamer of Johns Hopkins.

A second coronavirus-related death has been confirmed in Wuhan, according to a statement released by local authorities late last night.

China reported a sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new coronavirus on Monday, including the first cases in the capital.

"This has enabled the identification of this new case in Japan", he said.

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The WHO's China office said the analysis was helpful and would help officials plan the response to the outbreak.

The US announced it would begin screening passengers at three major airports arriving on flights from Wuhan. Eight others in Shenzhen have been quarantined and are under observation to determine if they have the virus.

Fontanet said that the coronavirus appears to be "weaker" than SARS in its current form, but cautioned that it could mutate into a more virulent strain.

On the "scared or not scared" scale, Frieman says his concern level for this outbreak is 4 out of 10.

It noted that the rise in cases in China was a result of "increased searching and testing for [the virus] among people sick with respiratory illness".

Wuhan authorities said they have installed infrared thermometers at airports, railway stations and coach stations across the city.

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