As the world waits for more information about what triggered an unexplained pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, China’s tenth-largest city, reaction to the event continues to reverberate across Asia and beyond.

For example, Hong Kong continues to flag more sick travelers, though there’s no sign any of the patients are linked to the Wuhan cluster, which is focused around a seafood market that also sold live animals such as chicken, bats, marmots, and other wild animals.

Wuhan’s health department hasn’t announced any new cases since Jan 5, keeping the total at 59, and so far there are no announcements about a pathogen, thought to be viral. So far tests have ruled out influenza, avian influenza, adenovirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The city is home to one of China’s top labs, the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

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Some experts wonder if a novel coronavirus might be the cause of the outbreak.

Hong Kong respirator shortage

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See also:

Jan 7 CHP notifiable illness statement

Hong Kong CHP surveillance list

Jan 7 CHP statement on hospitalized patients

Jan 7 CHP blood donation announcement

Jan 7 SCMP story

Jan 7 VN Express story

Jan 7 US Embassy health alert

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