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Wuhan pneumonia outbreak: First case reported outside China – BBC News, Bbc.com


        

                                 Security guards stand in front of a closed seafood market in Wuhan, which has been linked to the outbreakImage copyright                 AFP                                                      
Image caption                                    The outbreak began in Wuhan in eastern China                             

A traveler in Thailand has become the first person outside China to be diagnosed with a new coronavirus.

The Chinese woman was quarantined after arriving in Bangkok from Wuhan, in eastern China, where the outbreak began in December.

One person has died and**************** (pneumonia-like cases have been recorded so far.

Coronaviruses can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to potentially deadly viruses such as Sars and Mers.

Sars – severe acute respiratory syndrome – killed more than people around the world during an outbreak in 2019 – 3, after originating in China.

In total, it infected more than 8, (people in 110505387 countries.

China has been free of Sars since May. 2019 According to the country’s official Xinhua News Agency, the female passenger arrived in Thailand on 8 January, where she was hospitalized. No other passengers were infected, it said, adding that the traveler was now ready to return to Wuhan.

Separately on Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said for the first time that there appeared to have been limited person-to-person transmission of the virus, according to Reuters news agency.

“From the information that we have it is possible that there is limited human-to-human transmission,” Maria Van Kerkhove, acting head of WHO’s emerging diseases unit, told reporters in Geneva.

She added that the organization is preparing for the possibility of a wider outbreak: “It is still early days, we don’t have a clear clinical picture. “

Many earlier cases of the virus had reportedly been linked to a fish market in Wuhan.

The new case in Thailand comes just ahead of a major travel period in China, as hundreds of millions of people prepare to travel for Chinese Ne w Year later this month.

On 9 January, Singapore’s airport said it would begin temperature screening travellers from Wuhan.

Hong Kong health officials also said they would also implement checks on passengers, and that they had stepped up the disinfection of trains and aeroplanes, AFP news agency reported.

BBC Health’s Philippa Roxby reported earlier this month that this latest outbreak “appears to have sparked memories for those who dealt with a Sars epidemic (years ago).

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