According to Aljazeera, china is stepping up efforts to tackle a new coronavirus that is thought to have originated in a Wuhan seafood market.
At least, 17 people have been killed and there have been reports of 550 cases due to this spread of disease. Most cases are however found in China where more infections have been confirmed in recent days.
There are rising concerns as hundreds of millions of people want to travel for the Lunar New Year set to start on Friday.
Here’s what you need to know;
What is Coronavirus?
According to the US Centers for Disease Control And Prevention, Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals. In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans.
What are the Symptoms?
According to the WHO, signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
In more severe cases, it can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Is it Deadly?
Some experts say it may not be as deadly as other coronavirus such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) which nearly killed more than 700 people during a 2002-2003 outbreak which also originated from China.
Where have cases been reported?
Mostly in China.
Beyond China, Thailand has reported four cases, while South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and the United States have each confirmed one.
All the cases involve people who had either come from Wuhan or been there recently.
Where did the virus originate?
Chinese health authorities are still trying to determine the origin of the virus, which they say came from a seafood market in Wuhan where wildlife was also traded illegally.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA