A mysterious outbreak of pneumonia that has infected dozens of people in China is still baffling scientists. Doctors have ruled out severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) as being the cause of the virus which has struck 59 people in Wuhan. Seven patients are in a critical condition, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced it is closely monitoring the situation. Other possible cases have cropped up in 15 travellers who returned to Hong Kong and following visits to the city in Hubei province. One suspected case was also reported in Singapore. The two nations have put new screening measures in place following fears travellers will spread the mystery illness. It was feared the life-threatening SARS, a highly contagious virus, was behind the flurry of cases in Wuhan. SARS killed hundreds of people in China and Hong Kong in the early 2000s. But no cases have been recorded in the world since 2004. But SARS, bird flu, Middle East respiratory syndrome and adenovirus have now been ruled out following investigations, authorities have said. The outbreak – which began at the start of December – has prompted the closure of a seafood market in Wuhan’s suburbs, where several patients worked. A mysterious… Read full this story
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