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Number of people ill in Wuhan outbreak rises to 59

2020-01-05 HKT 22:46
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  • Many of the patients suffering from the mystery pneumonia have been linked to a wet market in Wuhan, shown on mainland media.
    Many of the patients suffering from the mystery pneumonia have been linked to a wet market in Wuhan, shown on mainland media.
Health authorities in Wuhan said on Sunday that the number of patients suffering from a mystery respiratory disease in the city has jumped to 59, up from 44 on Friday.

However, the number of cases classified as ‘severe’ has dropped from 11 to seven.

The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said the virus causing the outbreak remains unidentified, but initial investigations have so far ruled out Sars, bird flu and Mers.

It said the earliest known case of the illness started on December 12, and in the most recent case, the patient came down with symptoms on December 29. More than 160 close contacts are being monitored, as authorities chase down more people who may have been exposed.

The commission added that there is still no evidence of human-to-human transmission, and no medical personnel have been infected thus far.