Pneumonia cluster in Wuhan: 44 cases, Influenza, avian influenza, and adenovirus ruled out

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up on the cluster of pneumonia cases detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, health officials in Hong Kong and Taiwan offered updates today.


The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reports that the National Health Commission (NHC) provided the following information:

A number of viral pneumonia cases with unknown cause have been identified since last December through medical surveillance. Symptoms were mainly fever while a few had presented with shortness of breath. As at 8am today, 44 cases have been reported. Among them, 11 cases were in serious condition and the remaining were in stable condition. All patients are receiving treatment in isolation. While 121 close contacts are under medical surveillance, contact tracing of close contacts is still ongoing.
Epidemiological investigations revealed that some patients are business operators at a local seafood market in Wuhan. For the time being, no obvious human-to-human transmission has been observed and no healthcare workers have been infected.

Taiwan officials report that common respiratory diseases such as influenza, avian influenza, and adenovirus infection have been excluded. At present, no obvious human-to-human transmission and medical staff infections have been found.

Hong Kong health officials set up a dedicated page for the Wuhan pneumonia cluster.

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