Forty-one people with pneumonia-like symptoms have so far been diagnosed with the new virus in Wuhan, with one of the victims dying on Thursday, the central Chinese city's health commission said on its website on Saturday.
The rest were in stable condition, among which two have been discharged from the hospital, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market was closed indefinitely on January 1 for disinfection and investigation. Also, some people in the affected population include dealers and vendors who work in the market which eventually led to shutting down of market on January 1. "At this stage, there is no infection among health care workers, and no clear evidence of human to human transmission".More news: Sydney Opera House Honors Firefighters With Photos, Thanks On Its 'Sails'
During the past week, we reported that there's a new virus freaking people out in China. He apparently had other health issues, with the statement from the Wuhan Municipal Health Committee noting he had abdominal tumors and chronic liver disease.
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.
Chinese authorities used gene sequencing to identify the virus after isolating the pathogen from a patient who tested positive for the disease.
While no infection has been recorded to date in Vietnam, Vietnamese health authorities have begun to check those coming in from China through the border gates. Unknown to science when it first emerged on the scene, the coronavirus has hit Wuhan hardest, where it rapidly spread to at least confirmed 59 patients, seven of whom are now in critical condition.More news: Union plans one day walkout January 15th, UCDSB schools affected
"We still do not know the host or possible intermediary host of this virus", it said.
While that particular virus isn't known to infect humans, coronaviruses cause illness in people more frequently than previously thought, said Wang.
Coronaviruses are a large family of respiratory viruses that can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to SARS or the Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS-COV, the World Health Organization said.
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