Wuhan reports one death in latest pneumonia outbreak

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BEIJING (AP) - Health authorities in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Saturday reported the country's first death from a new type of coronavirus. Some cause less-severe disease, some more severe.

Besides the evolving situation in Wuhan, all travellers should also be aware of the risk of avian flu when visiting China during the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, beginning on 25 January 2020. Although there are still many questions to be answered, the announcement indicates that researchers are making some progress.

State-run Xinhua news agency says a team of scientists identified the new type of coronavirus after tests run on 59 people who have been hospitalized since early December. "People who have been in close contact with the patients, including medical workers, have not been infected", the commission said.

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

City residents anxious about the outbreak have rushed to buy face masks from local pharmacies, with many selling out earlier this week, while officials in Taiwan have urged the island's health and welfare ministry to strengthen quarantine controls.

Chinese researchers used a sample from one patient to conduct gene sequencing of the virus, said Gauden Galea, a World Health Organization representative to China. The South China Seafood City food market will be suspended and investigated, Wuhan's health commission said.

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The Sars epidemic originated in China, infected more than 1,700 people in Hong Kong and killed almost 300.

The Wuhan health commission said the man who died had purchased goods from a seafood market in the city identified by authorities as the centre of the outbreak.

There have been 41 confirmed cases of the illness, which started spreading in Wuhan last month.

'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'.

Coronaviruses are a specific family of viruses, with some of them causing less-severe damage, such as the common cold, and others causing respiratory and intestinal diseases.

The health authorities reiterated Saturday they had not seen any definite evidence of people passing on the virus to other people - meaning that every human case would have come from being exposed to the virus from an animal.

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