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The Virus Behind China's Mysterious Pneumonia Outbreak Is Related To SARS

Over 8,000 people were infected from the SARS pandemic in 2003.
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Scientists are finally uncovering more information about the mysterious viral pneumonia from China.

According to the latest research of Chinese scientists, the virus causing the pneumonia outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan is actually in the same family as that of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS.

ICYDK, SARS is a viral respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus or SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV). In 2003, the SARS pandemic infected over 8,000 people and killed 774 people in Asia, the U.S., South America, Asia, and Europe. 

A new coronavirus was discovered among a number of the patients suffering from the current viral pneumonia, exhibiting similar symptoms as that of a typical coronavirus.  

The latest findings, however, show that the virus behind the mystery pneumonia is a weaker and less-lethal version than SARS. Those infected find it hard to breathe and are stricken with fever. 

There's no evidence yet to support the notion that the virus is transmitted by humans. The initial cases spread in Wuhan were found to be connected to market workers who sold birds, live fish, and other animals.

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Wuhan's health authorities have confirmed more than 50 cases of the viral pneumonia in their city. The Department of Health (DOH) urged those who recently traveled to China to seek immediate medical consultation should they exhibit flu-like symptoms. The Bureau Of Quarantine (BOQ) was given orders by DOH to practice stricter surveillance of incoming travelers from China.

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