Authorities of China's Wuhan Admit New Coronavirus Can Transmit Human-to-Human

Rewat Areerob assistant secretary to Deputy Public Healh Minister Sathit Pitutecha left is briefed by Phuket public health officials about the coronavirus screening of people arriving in Thailand via Phuket international airport from Wuhan China. (Pho

But it said the husband, who worked at a seafood market suspected of being at the epicentre of the outbreak, was the first to fall ill and that his wife did not have any exposure to the market.

Thai authorities on Monday confirmed that a visitor from Wuhan, China, has been infected with a new coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday, adding that the possibility of human-to-human transmission can not yet be ruled out.

The WHO said it was preparing for the possibility that there could be a wider outbreak. There have since been no new cases or deaths, Wuhan health authorities said on Tuesday (local time). However, officials haven't yet ruled out the possibility that she may have contracted the virus from fish she ate that originated from the market. The World Health Organization and Chinese authorities are taking steps to ensure the disease does not spread further.

The woman diagnosed in Thailand, who is now in a stable condition, had not reported visiting the seafood market, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

Concerns elsewhere in Asia have led to airport screenings in many cities, with memories of the SARS virus that killed more than 700 people in the early 2000's.

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The patient, who has recovered, is still in Thailand.

The announcement follows news that a Chinese woman had been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus in Thailand after travelling there from Wuhan. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said at a January 14 press conference that she would provide further updates after a scheduled meeting with local health experts on January 15.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong has sent a delegation to Wuhan to learn about the illness. The authorities in Wuhan also confirmed that a Chinese woman who had been quarantined in Thailand was the first case of the mysterious coronavirus strain discovered outside of China from Wuhan. The ministry also said that people who had returned from Wuhan, or had close contact with a person with pneumonia, in the city in the last 14 days should visit the nearest health centre for examination and treatment if they showed signs of fever, coughing or shortness of breath./.

While dozens of patients with pneumonia-like symptoms have been identified and hospitalized in Hong Kong, Lam said there have been no confirmed cases of the Wuhan pneumonia in Hong Kong.

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