Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak : Symptoms and Sources of China’s Deadly Virus

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Snakes Are the Likely Source of Coronavirus

Wuhan , the city of 11 million people where the coronavirus outbreak began, is under partial lock down in an effort to contain the spread. Huaanggang city about 80 KM to the east of Wuhan is also under lock-down. Already 17 people are dead in China and more than 600 people are infected. China has already sealed Wuhan and Huaanggang cities , halting all public transport , including airlines services ,and advised people to stay at home and follow the precautions.

Sources of Coronavirus

The Coronavirus affected illness was first reported in late December 2019 in Wuhan . Using samples of virus isolated from patients , Scientists in China have determined the genetic code of the virus and used microscope to phtograph it. The pathogen responsible for this pandemic is a new Coronavirus.

The name of Coronavirus is comes from its shape , which resembles a crown or solar corona when imaged using an electron microscope. Like other viruses , Coronavirus also come from animals-possibly seafood or Snakes. Many of those who are infected by this deadly disease , either worked or frequently shopped in the human seafood wholesale market in the center of Chinese city Wuhan. Snakes , the Chinese Krait and the Chinese Cobra may be the original source of the deadly coronavirus.

It’s in the same family of the viruses as the well-known Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) , which have killed hundreds of people in the past 17 years. The World Health Organization (WHO) has named the Wuhan virus as the New Coronavirus 2019-nCoV .

Symptoms of New Wuhan Coronavirus

Wuhan Coronavirus is transmitted through the air and primarily infects the upper respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts of mammals and birds. Coronaviruses are a family of infections that include the common cold and viruses such SARS and MERS .

Common Symptoms : 

  • Headache and malaise
  • Runny nose
  • Cough or sore throat
  • Muscle pain

Potential Complications :

  • High fever above 38 C or 100.4 F
  • Trouble breathing
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis or even death

Unfortunately , there is no approved vaccine or antiviral treatment available for Wuhan Coronavirus.

Precautions Worldwide

World already taken some precaution measures to stop the spread of Wuhan coronavirus. Example –

  • Beijing cancels Chinese New Year Celebration
  • Countries including the US, UK and Australia will begin health screenings at airports.
  • Four people in Scotland tested for suspected Wuhan coronavirus
  • Scientists collaborating on vaccine for Wuhan coronavirus
  • Singapore confirm first case of Wuhan deadly virus
  • India issued advisory . People coming from China will have to go through screening process at airport .

  • UK health secretary said that the nation well-prepared to deal with Wuhan coronavirus .

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