Authorities in Wuhan say no new cases have been detected since January 3, and there is no evidence of person-to-person transmission.
ON FRIDAY, The Indian Express published a report, sourced from The New York Times, about a new virus identified by Chinese researchers. Xu Jianguo, the leader of the group that made the preliminary assessment, told Xinhua state news agency that they will conduct more research over the next several weeks to confirm that it is indeed a new coronavirus. In Hong Kong, 15 patients with symptoms of respiratory illness were being treated as of Sunday.More news: Edd Byrnes, 'Grease' and '77 Sunset Strip' actor, dies at 87
There have been 41 confirmed cases of the illness, which started spreading in Wuhan last month.
The man, the first victim of the outbreak that began in December, was a regular buyer at the seafood market, who had been previously diagnosed with abdominal tumours and chronic liver disease, the health authority said. Shortness of breath, chills and body aches are associated with more unsafe kinds of coronavirus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.More news: Rocky Long To Step Down As San Diego State Head Coach
China says the cause of the Wuhan outbreak remains unknown, but has sought to quash speculation that it could be a reappearance of the SARS epidemic, which killed hundreds in 2002 and 2003. A different coronavirus sparked another deadly outbreak in 2012, with the illness called Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, killing more than 800 people (SN: 7/8/16). More than 8,000 people were infected and 775 died. No new cases have been reported since 2004.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out a health alert advising physicians who treat patients with pneumonia-like illness to consider a possible link to the Chinese outbreak and to wear masks and take other precautions in treating patients who recently travelled to Wuhan.More news: Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist of Rush, has died at 67
The US embassy in China warned on Tuesday that Americans travelling in the country should avoid animals and contact with sick people.