武汉冠状病毒更新消息 Wuhan Coronavirus

Since December 2019, health authorities in China have been grappling with an outbreak of viral pneumonia that has sickened more than 2,000 people and killed at least 56 as of Sunday Jan 26, 2020.

The disease is thought to be caused by a previously unknown type of virus that may have first spread to humans from animals at a now-shuttered seafood market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where most of the cases have been diagnosed. Further cases have been confirmed in the U.S., Canada Toronto, Nepal, France, Australia, and multiple Asian countries — Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Pakistan.

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause a variety of ailments, among them the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle-East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Most known coronaviruses cause relatively mild cold-like symptoms, but their ability to jump between humans and animals makes them hard to contain. Chinese health officials have confirmed that the new virus can spread between human to human, but not confirmed it to be as serious as SARS and MERS.

自去年12月以来,中国卫生部门一直在努力应对病毒性肺炎的暴发,截至周日,该病已使2,000多人患病,并造成至少56人死亡。

人们认为这种疾病是由一种以前未知的冠状病毒引起的,这种冠状病毒可能首先在中国中部城市武汉市一个如今已被关闭的海鲜市场上从动物身上传播到了人类,大多数病例已被确诊。在美国,加拿大,法国,澳大利亚和多个亚洲国家(日本,韩国,新加坡,马来西亚,泰国,越南,巴基斯坦和尼泊尔)中,进一步的病例已得到确认。

冠状病毒是可以引起各种疾病的病毒家族,其中包括致命的严重急性呼吸综合症(SARS)和中东呼吸综合症(MERS)。大多数已知的冠状病毒会引起相对轻微的感冒样症状,但它们在人和动物之间跳跃的能力使其难以控制。中国卫生官员已经证实这种新病毒可以在人与人之间传播,但并不认为它具有与SARS或MERS一样严重的病毒。

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