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Mysterious Viral Infection Surprises The Health Experts in China

The mysterious viral pneumonia has sickened several people in China. Healthcare professionals are working to know about the cause of this infection.

Almost 59 people living in the central city of Wuhan, province Hubei, have been infected with the virus that is reported last week. The municipal health commission of Wuhan told that all the infected patients are being isolated in the city and have 19 million populations. Among which, seven are critically ill but there has been no death report yet.

According to the Johns Hopkins Outbreak Observatory, the experts have ruled out different potential culprits which include Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus based on the speculation of social media which then spread to outlets. The deadly pneumonic form was originated in China and caused various outbreaks in 2002 and 2004. In the 2002 outbreak, reported cases were 8,098 and a total of 774 deaths were reported.

The Health Commission of Wuhan said that the respiratory pathogens which include avian influenza, influenza, infectious atypical pneumonia (SARS), adenovirus and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) are excluded. The experts are working on the identification of the mysterious pathogen.

According to health officials, almost 163 people are estimated to become sick with the infection and being followed up for medical care.

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The World Health Organization said that its office in China first reported the pneumonia cases. Some of the reported patients worked in the seafood market of Huanan. The affected area was disinfected and sanitized.

The WHO requested national authorities for information to access the potential risk associated with the virus. There is enough proper information to know the risk associated with this reported infection of pneumonia with the mysterious cause. The organization is monitoring the problem and is in contact with the national authorities.

The Chinese officials haven’t found evidence of significant virus transmission from human to human. No healthcare professional have not caught the infection.

According to WHO, the reported link to a live animal market and wholesale fish indicate the exposure link to the animals. The symptoms include pneumonia and several respiratory diseases among the patients. The 44 reported cases of pneumonia required hospitalization clustered.

According to WHO, travelers do not need specific precautions. Individuals having respiratory illness during and after travel should get medical attention and must share their travel history with their healthcare professionals.

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can be caused by the virus as well as fungi and bacteria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shared the detail about the pneumonia virus including causes, types, vaccines and the management guidelines.

One of the senior analysts at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Mattew P. Shearer shared that the recent emerging outbreak is due to the re-emergence of SARS is just a speculation.

He commented on the diseases which were caught in a hospital that China has made dynamic progress in disease reporting and disease surveillance also in clinical isolation capacity since SARs. The absence of reported cases of nosocomial transmissions is an encouraging symbol which shows that the patients have been identified in time and properly isolate to avoid further disease transmission

 

 

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Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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