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Scientists have identified a new coronavirus, which has infected more than two hundred people since the initial outbreak in Wuhan, China. CNN's Kristie Lu Stout reports on the origins of the mysterious SARS-like virus and the scientific race to control it


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Wuhan Market (Husband Seafood Market)
In Wuhan, dog meat is actually not very common. Nevertheless, we discovered a stall with cages in a market, in which different, still living animals were locked: 15 dogs distributed over several cages; also caimans, rabbits, raccoons, hedgehogs, spines, pheasants, donkeys and geese. That morning they must have killed at least one dog because we saw his fur lying on one of the cages. Another dog's skull was in another cage.

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In the course of our research, we determined on the one hand in the Three Birds Dali markets in Nanhai, Foshan (in the Guangdong region) where dogs and cats are sold, as well as in two breeding and fattening farms and in a slaughterhouse. Said research is part of the “Life instead of Suffering” campaign that we initiated in April this year to end the cruel cat and dog meat trade in China.

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Although security guards chased us and prevented us from watching the animals being unloaded from the trucks, we still managed to watch thousands of them, penned up in tiny cages, taken to the markets in huge trucks.

Dogs, cats and rabbits are often unloaded from the trucks in the middle of the night and their cages, in which they are locked up, are carelessly thrown off the truck. The impact on the ground is so violent that many of the animals break their bones.

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Dog fattening farm in Jiaxiang
In this dog fattening facility in Jiaxiang, we saw how up to 10 puppies were kept in a tiny cage. We discovered another 60 adult dogs in other cages. The animals are fattened until they have reached a weight of at least 90 kilos and then sold for meat consumption.

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Dog breeding in Shandong
To experience first hand how the trade in dog meat works in China, we visited a dog breed in Shandong (Jining) where puppies are bred for their meat and fur. We were given access to two halls in the Shandong facility: one that housed adult dogs and one that was full of puppies.

In the first hall there were several huts in which up to 10 large dogs were accommodated (Alaskan Malamutes, Galgos, etc.). These dogs are kept for breeding purposes.

In the second hall - the breeding hall - we counted about 150 puppies, most of them just a few weeks old. Up to 13 puppies were crammed into one tiny cage. The little ones can hardly move in it.

As we were informed in the farm, the puppies are sold to other farms at the age of just 3 weeks, where they are fattened until they have reached the desired slaughter weight. As soon as this happens, the little ones are killed in the factory or in a slaughterhouse. Each puppy is sold for around 200 yuan.

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I actually went to Wuhan China on vacation a few years ago. I am not surprised by any of this at all. That city was...ummm...interesting to say the least.

It's safe to say that I do not plan on ever going to Wuhan again during my lifetime.
 

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The CDC confirmed Tuesday that a Washington state resident contracted the first reported case of the deadly Chinese coronavirus in the United States as officials expanded screening of travelers to Atlanta and Chicago.

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[h=1]First Travel-related Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Detected in United States[/h]
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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today confirmed the first case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United States in the state of Washington. The patient recently returned from Wuhan, China, where an outbreak of pneumonia caused by this novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December 2019. While originally thought to be spreading from animal-to-person, there are growing indications that limited person-to-person spread is happening. It’s unclear how easily this virus is spreading between people.

The patient from Washington with confirmed 2019-nCoV infection returned to the United States from Wuhan on January 15, 2020. The patient sought care at a medical facility in the state of Washington, where the patient was treated for the illness. Based on the patient’s travel history and symptoms, healthcare professionals suspected this new coronavirus. A clinical specimen was collected and sent to CDC overnight, where laboratory testing yesterday confirmed the diagnosis via CDC’s Real time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (rRT-PCR) test.

CDC has been proactively preparing for the introduction of 2019-nCoV in the United States for weeks, including:
  • First alerting clinicians on January 8, 2020, to be on the look-out for patients with respiratory symptoms and a history of travel to Wuhan, China.
  • Developing guidance for clinicians for testing and management of 2019-nCoV, as well as guidance for home care of patients with 2019-nCoV.
  • Developing a diagnostic test to detect this virus in clinical specimens, accelerating the time it takes to detect infection. Currently, testing for this virus must take place at CDC, but in the coming days and weeks, CDC will share these tests with domestic and international partners
  • On January 17, 2020, CDC began implementing public health entry screening at San Francisco (SFO), New York (JFK), and Los Angeles (LAX) airports. This week CDC will add entry health screening at two more airports – Atlanta (ATL) and Chicago (ORD).
  • CDC has activated its Emergency Operations Center to better provide ongoing support to the 2019-nCoV response.
CDC is working closely with the state of Washington and local partners. A CDC team has been deployed to support the ongoing investigation in the state of Washington, including potentially tracing close contacts to determine if anyone else has become ill.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people and others circulating among animals including camels, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people, such as has been seen with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). When person-to-person spread has occurred with SARS and MERS, it is thought to happen via respiratory droplets with close contacts, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. The situation with regard to 2019-nCoV is still unclear. While severe illness, including illness resulting in several deaths, has been reported in China, other patients have had milder illness and been discharged. Symptoms associated with this virus have included fever, cough and trouble breathing. The confirmation that some limited person-to-person spread with this virus is occurring in Asia raises the level of concern about this virus, but CDC continues to believe the risk of 2019-nCoV to the American public at large remains low at this time.

This is a rapidly evolving situation. CDC will continue to update the public as circumstances warrant.

For more information about the current outbreak in China, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/novel-coronavirus-2019.html
 

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How worried should we be about the coronavirus outbreak spreading in China?

Jan 22, 2020

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Seventeen people have now died from the illness and more than 541 have been infected, with cases detected in countries including the US, Japan, South Korea, Macao and Taiwan.

A "separate area" in Heathrow Airport has been set up to process visitors who had visited the Hubei province of China, the area where the disease if thought to have originated.

But how worried should we be about the potential spread of the virus?


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Chinese officials erected a travel ban set to begin Thursday on the city of Wuhan, home to 11 million people, quarantining the city at the center of a new virus outbreak.

"This is an extraordinary move, given the size of the population and the amount of travel expected during the Lunar New Year," said Rebecca Katz of Georgetown University's Center for Global Health Science and Security, in a statement on the travel ban. "There is fear that such a move will only push people to take action to avoid authorities and leave the city via other means, and possibly incite panic."
 

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China coronavirus: Beijing cancelled Chinese New Year celebrations - BBC News

Jan 23, 2020

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Lockdown measures are increasing across China's Hubei province to try to control the spread of a new virus that has left 17 people dead.

Wuhan, Hubei's capital of 11 million people where the virus first emerged, has no trains or planes in or out.

At least four other provincial cities are seeing clampdowns on transport.

There are more than 500 confirmed cases of the virus, which has spread abroad, with Singapore, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam the latest affected.

Be safe Elshan!
 

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WHO says it's 'too early' to declare coronavirus global emergency

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The new coronavirus that first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan has killed 18 people and infected more than 600, most in China.

 

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A new coronavirus that has spread to almost 2,000 people is infectious in its incubation period - before symptoms show - making it harder to contain, Chinese officials say.

Some 56 people have died from the virus. Health minister Ma Xiaowei told reporters the ability of the virus to spread appeared to be strengthening.

Several Chinese cities have imposed significant travel restrictions.

 

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It' a wonder something hasn't come out of that city before. I read they also have a bio-research lab there that our people were concerned about years ago.
Big Coincidence !!! :nope:

When I went to Wuhan on a vacation to China about ten years ago, I visited someone in the hospital there. I was absolutely shocked at what I saw in that hospital in terms of how unsanitary it was. I was using the men's room and a nurse came in, did his business, and left - without washing his hands! This was not a corner gas station - this was in a Wuhan hospital and a trained member of the staff!

I also saw several people smoking in the hallways inside the hospital building, even though there were countless no smoking signs posted everywhere. The stench of cigarette smoke throughout the hospital was impossible for me, a life-long non-smoker of any kind, to bear. I had to get out of that place...and that was the cleanest public place that I went to in that city!

As I said before, I am not surprised at all that this deadly virus started in Wuhan. :nono:
 

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When I went to Wuhan on a vacation to China about ten years ago, I visited someone in the hospital there. I was absolutely shocked at what I saw in that hospital in terms of how unsanitary it was. I was using the men's room and a nurse came in, did his business, and left - without washing his hands! This was not a corner gas station - this was in a Wuhan hospital and a trained member of the staff!

I also saw several people smoking in the hallways inside the hospital building, even though there were countless no smoking signs posted everywhere. The stench of cigarette smoke throughout the hospital was impossible for me, a life-long non-smoker of any kind, to bear. I had to get out of that place...and that was the cleanest public place that I went to in that city!

As I said before, I am not surprised at all that this deadly virus started in Wuhan. :nono:

Don't fool yourself. Really bad stuff happens here as well. I've been inside many hospitals and nursing homes to make deliveries, I've been inside areas that are not open to the public. I've seen rodents and roaches crawling around in kitchens and crossing food trays. I've backed into a corpse on a gurney on an elevator that takes food and other deliveries to the storerooms. I've seen people dumping medical waste into the wrong dumpster. Blood and guts spilling out all over the loading dock. Once you see some of this crazy stuff it just makes you wonder about the things you don't see.
 

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Can I get coronavirus from a package delivered from China?

Why your new purchase won’t make you sick

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Residents at the epicenter of China’s mysterious viral outbreak are quarantined. But their mailed shipments are not. Does that pose a risk?

It’s a legitimate question — especially in California — because we import so many products from China.

But U.S. health officials said on Monday that there is no evidence to support transmission of the new coronavirus through imported goods.

“In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the Center for Disease Control’s Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a Monday morning press briefing.

Even in the worse case scenario — say, a sneezing person packaged your $700 used Apple iPhone 11, bought on Amazon and shipped to your home by air via United Parcel Service or FedEx — isn’t dangerous.

To be sure, there isn’t research about the specific resiliency of this virus, because it is so new. But studies show that its cousin viruses, SARS and MERS, only live for few hours on the surface of an object. They are spread most often by respiratory droplets from one person to another.

It typically takes at least three days for a package to get from China to California, according to UPS and FedEx. So the virus wouldn’t be able to survive long enough to get you sick.

What about animals or animal products imported from China? The CDC does not have any evidence to suggest they pose a risk — but the shipment of animals and animal products into the U.S. is much more strictly regulated than other trade, such as electronics.

On Monday, the CDC said it is monitoring 110 people across 26 states who might have the coronavirus, but said that there were no new cases confirmed overnight and the risk in the U.S. remains low.

Two cases of illness have been reported in California, in Los Angeles and Orange County. Three others have been confirmed in Chicago, Seattle and Tempe, Arizona.

“We don’t know if this virus will behave in exactly the same way” as SARS and MERS, said Messonnier. “But there is no evidence to support transmissibility and there are no cases in the U.S. from imported goods.”
 
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