(TMU) — A Chinese news bulletin that was first picked up in the U.S. by Financial Times reporter Gabriel Wildau, has indicated that the city of Wuhan is now under a quarantine in response to the rapid spread of a deadly SARS-like virus called 2019-nCoV.
— gabriel wildau (@gabewildau) January 22, 2020
The infectious respiratory illness is a new strain of coronavirus, which causes a type of pneumonia. Some experts have compared it to Sars, because that was also a coronavirus. Scientists have examined the genetic code of the new virus and have found that it is more closely related to SARS than any other human coronavirus.
The illness is said to have originated in a seafood market in Wuhan, and quickly spread to other areas of China, then Japan, Thailand, South Korea, and the United States.
Five major U.S. airports are now being screened.
Soon after the first case was reported in the US, the Chinese government made the call to quarantine the city of Wuhan.
Until further notice, Wuhan’s 11 million residents will be trapped in the city unless they receive special permission to leave after an intense screening process.
Hundreds of cases have been reported officially, but experts fear that there could be thousands who are infected by now. At least 17 people have died from the illness, but prior to the quarantine of Wuhan, the government has actively censored news about the outbreak and deleted social media posts that contradicted official statements on the matter.
Some say China may not be telling the full truth about the outbreak that has some scientists baffled.
China is under intense international scrutiny about the outbreak, considering their mismanagement of the SARS outbreak in 2002 and 2003. The Chinese government was accused of attempting to cover up the severity of the SARS outbreak when it initially occurred.
Residents of the affected areas are being advised to avoid “unprotected” contact with live animals. They are also being advised to thoroughly cook any meat and eggs, and avoid close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms
An animal source seems the most likely primary source of this novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, with some limited human-to-human transmission occurring between close contacts. pic.twitter.com/L57VUr5d3z
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 19, 2020
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