BEIJING – worsens the balance sheet of the new virus pneumonia found in China, code name 2019-nCoV. Monday was notified of the death, which occurred Saturday, of a third person in the city of Wuhan, where it was localized to the first outbreak of the infection. Also increases in cases detected: during the end of the week, local health authorities have identified 136 new individuals to be infected, while others were encountered for the first time in several metropolitan areas in China, two in Beijing and one in Shenzhen, bringing the total to about 200. The first case in South Korea, the third Country outside China to report after the Japan and Thailand. In the same Shenzhen 40 citizens with suspicious symptoms have been quarantined, and another five in the province of Zhejiang, South of Shanghai. What do we know The pathogen is a coronavirus, a large family of viruses in the shape of a crown of which they are a part of Sars, which in 2013 killed more than 700 people around the world, but also pathogens from the aggression lower. The outbreak has been identified in a food market in Wuhan, where the organism can be transmitted from animals to humans. At the moment, the contagion between man and man is not excluded, but it seems very difficult: about 800 people that came into contact with the sick people of Wuhan are kept under observation, and none has contracted the virus, as well as doctors and nurses. The infected people of which are known, the movements have all been traveling recently in Wuhan (even if they have not necessarily visited the market). The first two victims were elderly: the first, a 61-year-old, had a series of pathologies, earlier, the second, 69-year-old, arrived in hospital with damage to several organs. The extension of the infection There are questions about the extension of the infection. A study published by respected epidemiologists at the Imperial College of London, combining the cases identified abroad with the flows of persons arriving and departing from Wuhan, has estimated that the contagion could be much more larger than the official numbers, approximately 1700 cases. But this does not necessarily mean that the authorities are underestimating, or worse, hiding: it is possible that many individuals with mild symptoms, you are to take care of alone. Many may already be healed. The virus presents with fever and cough, only in some patients will develop more serious conditions such as pneumonia. The attitude of the authorities After having left for many days to the local authority in Wuhan, the responsibility of the management of the epidemic, the chinese government has broken the silence. Sunday the sanitary Commission, has said that the contagion is “predictable and controllable”, while admitting that the initial source of the virus and its route has not yet been found. On Monday, the Center for control and prevention of diseases, has sought to combat “the voices”, explaining about the social that it is not Sars. In China (and in the rest of the world) there is great distrust of the management of these health emergencies on the part of the communist authorities, which in the past have repeatedly tried to keep them hidden. This time, however, the attitude appears to be very different, with very different transparency. In anticipation of the chinese new year (Saturday 25th), the largest mass migration on the planet, have been organized controls and sterilizations in the principal hubs of transport. In the Network are circulating pictures of two workers, which take the temperature of passengers on a flight from Wuhan. The precautions, The the american Center for the prevention of the diseases has sent a hundred of technicians in the airports of New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco with the task of monitoring all the passengers who come from Wuhan. Screening is an exceptional measure, that the United States had adopted in the past during the outbreak of Ebola. The world health Organization has released tips for fighting the flu: wash your hands, cover your nose and mouth when you cough, avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms, to cook well meat and eggs, avoid direct contact with live animals.
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