The number of reported cases of viral pneumonia in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, China, was 59 on Sunday, according to Wuhan’s Municipal Health Commission, with seven people in critical condition.
The disease afflicting patients in Wuhan hasn’t been transmitted from human to human, and health-care workers have remained uninfected. Those ill in Wuhan are believed to have become sick through exposure to animals. It was probably originated from bats and spread through wild animals to humans, said a Hong Kong-based microbiologist and specialist of the severe acute respiratory syndrome, Yuen Kwok-Jung. Wuhan patients had connections with the Huanan Seafood Market. Chinese scientists investigating the mystery illness have discovered a new strain of coronavirus. More research is needed to conclude and for finding a specific treatment.
China had accumulated a lot of experience about virus testing since the SARS outbreak in 2003. People could help stop the spread of the disease simply by not eating wild animals, while markets should stop selling them, Yuen said. Wearing a surgical mask, instead of a n95 mask, in public places is good enough to keep the Wuhan disease infection away, said David Hui Shu-cheong from the Faculty of Medicine of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.