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China reports new virus cases, raising concern globally before key holiday

By Se Young Lee and Hallie Gu

 

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FILE PHOTO: International travelers arrive at John F. Kennedy international airport in New York City, U.S., February 4, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

 

BEIJING (Reuters) - China reported four more cases of pneumonia believed to be caused by a new coronavirus strain, causing rising concern globally that a disease health officials do not yet fully understand could spread during a key holiday period.

 

The new virus, which was discovered in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, belongs in the same large family of coronaviruses that includes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed nearly 800 people globally during a 2002/03 outbreak that also started in China.

 

Though experts say the new virus does not appear to be as lethal as SARS, there is little known about its origins and how easily it can spread. Thailand and Japan have confirmed new cases of the virus earlier this week, stoking worries globally as many of the 1.4 billion Chinese people will travel abroad during the Lunar New Year holidays that begin next week.

 

Authorities around the world including in the United States, Thailand and South Korea have stepped up monitoring of travelers from Wuhan as part of their efforts to prevent the disease from spreading.

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has also warned that a wider outbreak is possible, though it has advised against any travel restrictions for China.

 

The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission (WMHC) said on Saturday the four new individuals diagnosed with the new virus are in stable condition, adding it has confirmed 45 cases in the city as of Thursday. A day earlier, the commission confirmed the death of a second patient.

 

Nearly 50 people are now known to have been infected globally, but all of them either live in Wuhan or have traveled to the city.

 

A report published by the London Imperial College's MRC Center for Global Infectious Disease Analysis said there are likely "substantially more cases" of the new coronavirus than currently announced by Wuhan authorities: its base scenario estimate is that there would be 1,723 cases showing onset of related symptoms by Jan. 12.

 

The WMHC referred Reuters queries about the report to the National Health Commission (NHC) and the Hubei provincial government, but the NHC and the Hubei government did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment. Wuhan is the capital of Hubei province.

 

SCREENING

 

U.S. authorities have said they would start screening at three airports to detect travelers arriving via direct or connecting flights from Wuhan who may have symptoms of the new virus.

 

In Asia, authorities in Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand have stepped up monitoring of passengers from Wuhan at airports. Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines say they have strengthened screening at all points of entry in response to the outbreak, as well.

 

But Alexandra Phelan, global health legal expert at Georgetown University's Center for Global Health Science and Security, said such screening may be insufficient in preventing the virus from spreading as its symptoms, which include fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, are "quite general".

 

"There are likely to be many individuals with matching symptoms due to an illness that is not 2019-nCoV," Phelan said, referring to the new virus.

 

(Reporting by Se Young Lee and Hallie Gu; Additional reporting by John Geddie in Singapore, Joseph Sipalan in Kuala Lumpur, Antoni Slodkowski in Tokyo, Heekyong Yang in Seoul, Lidia Kelly in Melbourne, Neil Jerome Morales in Manila, Tabieta Diela in Jakarta; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan and Muralikumar Anantharaman)

 

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The machinations of the Chinese authorities remind me of the novel World War Z. I'm guessing there was an original "patient zero" infected by animal to human transmission, but to continue pushing that narrative as the only means of transmission was a little irresponsible. It's anyone's guess how far it's spread now. 

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It will be interesting to see if China ends up handling the humans with this virus the same way they handled the pigs infected with African Swine Fever.

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2 hours ago, Isaan sailor said:

They take your Mekong waters.

They build military bases on Spratly Islands.

They build military basis in Cambo

They bought Thai bonds with USD treasuries, to sink western currencies.

They send hoards of tourists to overrun the best sites.

And now they bring in new coronavirus.

No wonder the regime likes China.

Don’t forget those Lethal Debt Traps

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13 hours ago, car720 said:

The meat markets and fish markets in China have no refrigeration and the produce is covered in flies, so there is a very good chance it is being carried by flies.  Limited area but quickly spread.  We must wait and see.

Since it is very cool in Wuhan, I suspect it wold be some other method of transmission.  

 

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3 hours ago, Scott said:

Since it is very cool in Wuhan, I suspect it wold be some other method of transmission.  

 

Obviously not being a medic I can only speculate on the squeezy gut feeling I get when I see it with my eyes. :cheesy:

I have a feeling though that you are correct.

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6 hours ago, Scott said:

It has been many years since I was at an open air market in China, but at that time, and it was quite warm, I suspected it was so filthy that even germs couldn't survive!

 

It has most probably got nothing to do with it but where I live they rip the heads off the chickens in the same place they clean the fish.  Just a thought.

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22 hours ago, Isaan sailor said:

They take your Mekong waters.

They build military bases on Spratly Islands.

They build military basis in Cambo

They bought Thai bonds with USD treasuries, to sink western currencies.

They send hoards of tourists to overrun the best sites.

And now they bring in new coronavirus.

No wonder the regime likes China.

Yep, except the USD treasuries, you made that one up. It's been proven to you countless times.

 

Oh, and the water thing, thats not true either. Interestingly enough Malaysia, Taiwan (ROC),  the Philippines and Vietnam have military bases in the Spratleys too. Why should China be left out?

 

Only America says that they are building a military base in Cambodia and we all know how suspect their information is, right? Tourists? There's no-one coming, tourism is in the toilet, or Vietnam, one or the other, the distinction escapes me.

 

Virus? No self respecting virus would go near the some of the expats/sexpats in Thailand. Too much competition.

 

 

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21 hours ago, Ireland32 said:

Don’t forget those Lethal Debt Traps

Beats a shower of bombs all ends up though eh? A little less lethal.

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