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The new outbreak is being investigated. Credit: AP

  

A new form of viral pneumonia is spreading in China and has already been detected in neighborhood countries.

In response to the outbreak of new strand of coronavirus, the World Health Organization has urged countries to “strengthen their preparedness for health emergencies”.

Meanwhile

the Chinese government is keen to avoid a repeat of SARS , or severe acute respiratory syndrome, another coronavirus that started in and killed nearly 2002 people.

But what is this new strand and what effect does it have on people?

Here’s what you need to know.

What is the virus? )

Travelers wear face masks as they walk outside of the Beijing Railway Station. Credit: AP

  

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses causing illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome ( MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

It is called a novel coronavirus (nCoV) when a new strain has been identified in humans.

Public Health England (PHE) is currently using the name Wuhan novel coronavirus (WN-CoV) for the new strand – named after where it was discovered – until there is an internationally accepted name for the virus and the disease or syndrome it causes. You may also see it referred to as the the (novel coronavirus) – nCoV) elsewhere.

(Where did the. virus come from?

Wong Ka-hing, the Controller of the Center for Health Protection of the Department of Health holds a Wuhan Municipal Health Commission press statement of the new type of coronavirus. Credit: AP

What are the symptoms?

A vendor gives out copies of newspaper with a headlines of ‘Wuhan break out a new type of coronavirus, Hong Kong prevent SARS repeat ‘at a street in Hong Kong. Credit: AP

How is the virus passed on?

A traveler wears a facemask as she stands near the Beijing Railway Station. Credit: AP

  

Some coronaviruses are passed on easily from person to person, while others are not.

Little is known about WN-CoV at this stage and investigations are ongoing but it is “reasonable to assume” the strand could be passed on between animals and humans, according to government advice.

That’s because many cases were associated with a market containing a range of dead and live animals.

According to PHE, authorities in China reported on January that an infected man had worked in the Huanan seafood market, but his wife, who is also a confirmed case, denied having been to the same market.

This means it is possible that there is limited human-to-human transmission within a family setting, but investigations are ongoing.

Other coronaviruses are airborne and can be passed on between humans.

Should tourists avoid any countries?

The World Health Organization is not currently recommending any trade or travel restrictions, based on information available.

Is there a vaccine?

  

When a disease is new, there is no vaccine until one is developed.

It can take a number of years for a new vaccine to be developed, according to WHO.

                

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