Another Death—and a Rapid Test

2 people in China have now died from the new coronavirus that has sickened dozens in Wuhan as well as 2 in Thailand and 1 in Japan, AP reports.
The latest death was a 69-year-old man with myriad medical conditions including organ impairment and abnormal renal function—but it’s unclear whether these conditions existed before the coronavirus infection. The first death was a man with chronic liver disease.
Most—but not all—cases are linked to a Wuhan seafood market, but WHO is not ruling out the possibility of limited human-to-human transmission. One woman may have caught the virus from her husband.
A new rapid lab test for the virus announced yesterday could prove key in determining the possibility of human-to-human transmission, CIDRAP reports.
In the meantime, WHO advises all countries to double down on preparedness efforts, warning that cases are likely to crop up in other countries.

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