Mystery Pneumonia Hits China

The central Chinese city of Wuhan is investigating an outbreak of a “viral pneumonia of unknown origin,” according to the South China Morning Post.
27 cases have been reported—most involving workers at a  seafood market. The market has been shuttered as authorities investigate possible transmission of the virus from animals, AFP reports.
No human-to-human transmission has been confirmed, but rumors have swirled linking the outbreak to a SARS outbreak a decade ago that ultimately killed hundreds after jumping from animals to humans. As STAT’s Laurie Garrett pointed out on Twitter, that outbreak was centered around live civets, a mammal native to Asia.
In this case, “Other severe pneumonia is more likely,” according to the People’s Daily, China’s official newspaper.

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