Japan confirms first case of new China coronavirus strain

WHO says new China virus could spread, issues warning to all hospitals

WHO says new mysterious China coronavirus linked to SARS could spread, warns hospitals worldwide

Those traveling from Wuhan showing signs of fever, coughing or difficulty in breathing should visit the nearest medical facility, the ministry said.

Still, it's important to note that hundreds of people, including health care workers, have been in close contact with infected patients without contracting the virus, CBS News reported.

Drosten, one of the co-discoverers of SARS, said the two viruses are so closely related that laboratories that have control samples for SARS in stock can use it to diagnose the new virus, thereby shortening the time needed to Functioning test.

The woman was quarantined after landing in Bangkok from Wuhan, eastern China, where the outbreak began in December.

A few of the other individuals identified also refused to visit the market, the commission said.

But since cases have cropped up without any exposure to the food market, there is reason to believe it can be transferred between humans.

The woman who tested positive is in good health now, according to Dr. Suthat Chottanapund, a senior official of the disease control department from Thailand's health ministry.

"Investigations to establish whether the suspect case is linked to the Wuhan pneumonia cluster are ongoing", said MOH. She said she wanted to do some sightseeing after she is discharged, he said.

World Health Organization in a statement (via SCMP): "The evidence strongly suggests that the epidemic is associated with exposures at a seafood market in Wuhan".

By Thursday there were 41 reported cases of the new coronavirus in China, and one case each in Japan and Thailand.

There may have been limited human-to-human transmission of a new coronavirus in China within families, and it is possible there could be a wider outbreak including Nepal, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

So far, no transmission of the virus after the Wuhan human-to-human has been confirmed, but the Health Commission said the possibility "cannot be excluded".

The new found coronavirus can have various symptoms ranging from common cold to even major infections such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). No additional cases have been detected since January 3 in China.

The news came just ahead of the lunar new year, when many Chinese travel. Jeremy Farrar, a British-based infectious disease specialist and director of the Wellcome Trust global health charity, said news of a case in Japan was "extremely concerning".

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