Medical professionals talking about the impact of a new type of coronavirus, and also that the epidemic provoked by the H1N1 virus can be repeated.
Most of the guards stationed around the seafood market were not wearing protective gear, although one group of security staff who had entered the market area wore masks and hats and were instructed at a morning briefing to stay covered at all times. The outbreak started in late 2019.
As of Wednesday evening, the new coronavirus had been detected in 15 of those cases, CCTV reported. The market was closed January 1.
The CDC says 'travelers to Wuhan, China, should avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and contact with sick people'.
A man leaves the Wuhan Medical Treatment Centre, where a man who died from a respiratory illness was confined, in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, on January 12, 2020.
Hong Kong's Department of Health also said on January 11 that it strengthened checks and cleaning measures at all border checkpoints, including the port, airport and the city's high-speed rail station which receives passengers from Wuhan city.
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Scientists have speculated that a novel coronavirus might have caused the Wuhan outbreak as officials there ruled out other coronaviruses - including SARS and MERS-CoV - as well as influenza, avian influenza and adenovirus.
The WHO said last week that a newly emerging member of the "coronavirus" family of viruses that caused the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreaks was the likely cause of the outbreak. Public health officials are continuing to track down other people who may have come into contact with the pathogen.
As of last Friday, local health authorities confirmed 41 cases of the illness; among them are seven patients in serious condition and two who have been discharged from the hospital. The patient, therefore, became the first victim of the Wuhan pneumonia.
Ask such patients to wear a surgical mask as soon as they are identified.
Despite the increased travel anticipated during the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities, the World Health Organization still does not recommend travel or trade restrictions in China.
Osterholm is director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, which publishes CIDRAP News.