It has been exactly one year since China informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about the first corona infections in the Wuhan region. Read the first dpa announcement about the coronavirus here again, which was published on December 31, 2019 at 10:31 a.m.:
“A mysterious lung disease has broken out in the central Chinese metropolis of Wuhan. So far, 27 sick people have been identified, the city’s health commission reported on Tuesday. Rumors on the Internet that there could be a new outbreak of the Sars lung disease countered the “People’s Daily”. The party organ quoted experts that the cause is currently unclear.
However, it could not be concluded that it was the Sars virus, the paper wrote. “Other severe pneumonia are more likely.”
The health commission reported that many of the infections could be traced back to visiting Wuhan’s Huanan fish market. The sick were placed in quarantine. Seven patients are in serious condition. The other cases are stable.
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Two patients could be discharged in the near future. The symptoms are mainly fever. Few patients have breathing problems. Leading experts have traveled to Wuhan to investigate the cases more closely, the health commission reported.
The cases are treated as viral pneumonia. A person-to-person transmission or an infection of the medical staff has not yet been discovered, the authority found. But the news from Wuhan brought memories of the Sars pandemic that began in late 2002.
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) was one of the most dangerous waves of infection in recent times. After the first outbreak in China, more than 8,000 people fell ill worldwide – in around 30 countries and on six continents.
The pathogen probably spread from animals to humans in China and spread via coughs and sneezes. The virus was fatal in one in ten patients. According to official information, 774 people died of the serious respiratory disease. ” (dpa)