First Case of New Coronavirus was Identified Outside of China

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A case of the mysterious new coronavirus strain was identified in Thailand, marking the first infection outside of China.



The patient was a tourist from Wuhan, China, and is now recovering in a hospital in Thailand.


WHO stated that the situation of cases identified in other countries was not unexpected, and reinforced the calling for ongoing active monitoring and preparedness in other countries.


Since December, 41 patients have been hospitalized because of mysterious pneumonia in Wuhan, a megacity with a population of 11 million, which locates 700 miles south of Beijing, China.


Among the patients, 6 were considered severe and 1 died. More than 700 close contacts are being monitored for signs of the disease in China.



It is said that many of the patients worked in a large seafood market in Wuhan, where live animals were sold. The market has since been closed to investigate and sanitize the facility.


Chinese authorities believe they’ve identified a new coronavirus, a member of the family of viruses that caused SARS and MERS from the patients. They released a genetic sequence of the new coronavirus, which, according to WHO, may help other countries identify the disease more rapidly.


Symptoms of the disease include difficulty breathing, fever and lesions on the lungs, which were revealed through chest X-rays.


(Picture of MERS from Wikipedia)


For now, WHO is not issuing any travel guidance for Wuhan, but noted that heavy travel is expected During Chinese New Year, beginning January 25, which raises the risk of cases being reported outside of China.




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The answer to the poll:                                                                                                                        FYI, there are already two patients in Chicago, USA that have the coronavirus.
This is a problem that could have been stopped from spreading by stoppage of travel by air or sea.the China government should have shut down airports the minute they saw what was going on. Now it's spread all the way from wuhu china to Chicago.Now with their holiday at hand. This monster virus will be more spread abroud. All travel needs to be haulted till this virus is contained.Before we are all in deep trouble.contain it to the already infected countries and close travel till the virus is controlled.
Manny Pagan NYC
Hi Manny! I live in NYC too. You have a good point: it is best not to spread the virus, but it just got worse. Oh no! I learned yesterday that 4 people have been confirmed to have coronavirus.
Hi Manny! I think you make a point but even the travelers are stopped, those business people still will bring the virus here. IDK. Maybe what I can do is just staying at home and wearing a mask.
I agree with everyone of you. First off. if someone is sick with a VIRUS just taking everyone's temperatures before loading them on planes out of. China was " STUPID " !!
They should had quarantined " EVERYONE "  temperature or no temperature .  " NO ONE SHOULD HAVE LEFT CHINA ... PERIOD "  !!
Actually, there are already two patients in Chicago, USA that have the coronavirus.
Chinese bio terror experiments gone wrong
ha i actually reposted this
My high school has this kid who was just diagnosed. We’re in MD...
OMG god bless you! Hope you and your family is safe.
Can we have some safety here? Measles, flu, now the coronavirus, is it endless?
CHina should of shutdown international travel immediately!!!well tht didn’t happen...

Us needs to shut off any travel from China

Gee I wonder why they keep getting sick

I guess cutting up chickens goats and etc

How DISCUSTING and dirty maybe they need a FDA CDC....  I don’t think fish and etc mix well ?

Ya think???
it's from bats and other wild animals originally. has nothing to do with chickens goats or fish. cutting all trips between countries can cause serious economic crisis. Not just as simple as you think.
So are you saying the choice is save a life or save a dollar?