China pneumonia: Sars ruled out as dozens fall ill in Wuhan


a mysterious viral pneumonia that has
infected dozens in central China is not severe acute respiratory syndrome SARS
health Chiefs have said they also discounted bird flu in Middle East
respiratory syndrome and said investigations were continuing a total
of 59 cases have been reported in the city of Wuhan seven of which are
considered critical the outbreak prompted Singapore and Hong Kong to
bring in screening processes for travelers from the city an epidemic of
the potentially deadly flu like SARS virus killed more than 700 people around
the world in 2000 203 after originating in China in a statement posted on its
website late on Sunday the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said 163
people who had had contact with those infected had been placed under medical
observation it said efforts were continuing to
identify the virus and its source the Commission said previously that there
had been no human to human transmission of the illness it added that a number of
those infected worked at a seafood market in the city leading authorities
to sanitize the area Singapore and Hong Kong have both set up systems to check
travelers arriving from Wuhan for possible fever Hong Kong has admitted 16
travelers with pneumonia like symptoms to hospital the South China Morning Post
reported but none have so far been found to have the unidentified strain
Singapore has had one suspicious case it added the World Health Organization
w-h-o has said it is aware of the outbreak and is in contact with the
Chinese government there are many potential causes of viral pneumonia many
of which are more common than severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus a
spokesman said last week w-h-o is closely monitoring this event and will
share more details as we have them

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