Unknown virus from China threatens to spread worldwide

Unknown virus from China threatens to spread worldwide

A previously unknown strain of the virus caused an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan. More than 200 people were ill, 9 were in serious condition and three were dead. The disease affects mainly the lungs, the symptoms are similar to pneumonia. Chinese epidemiologists were able to establish that the new virus belongs to the family of coronaviruses, which are characterized by spread from animals to humans. The last major epidemic caused by coronaviruses was in 2002, when more than 8,000 people and 759 died from SARS, thanks to timely measures, they managed to stop the spread to other continents.

Little is known about the new type of virus. The source of the virus is still unclear; it is assumed that this is the Wuhan fish market. In addition to fish, pigs, chickens, bats are sold there (the latter are considered the most likely reservoir of the virus). It is not known whether the virus can be transmitted from person to person, Chinese epidemiologists believe this is unlikely, but just in case they introduced a mask regimen. Since January 1, the fish market has been closed, although the first cases appeared in early December.

Experts from Imperial College London do not agree with Chinese epidemiologists, who believe that the number of cases is underestimated, according to their estimates, about 1,700 people were injured. And they believe that the disease is transmitted from person to person, asking for control at all airports.

The Chinese authorities tightened control over those leaving Wuhan, a special sensor detects body temperature, and if the temperature rises, the patient will be quarantined. Also in many cities of the world, including Russia, where flights from Asia arrive, the san.epid is strengthened. the control. Despite this, three cases are known outside of China.

Everything can be complicated by the fact that the Chinese New Year is approaching, when traditionally, the Chinese begin to travel around the world in millions.

Mostly sick people of advanced age and low immunity. The treatment has not been developed, only maintenance therapy, with the timely start of treatment, the survival rate is high.

If you planned a trip to Southeast Asia, it is worth canceling until the epidemiological situation stabilizes.

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