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  • Taiwan: Wuhan Pneumonia officially listed as a legal infectious disease

    The Department of Disease Control and Prevention said today (15) that 'Severe Special Infectious Pneumonia' will be listed as the fifth category of statutory infectious diseases, in order to strengthen the surveillance and prevention of severe special infectious pneumonia, and to increase public awareness and medical institutions It helps to keep abreast of the epidemic situation, the source of infection, and related risk factors in order to stop the spread of the epidemic and reduce the risk of infection by people.

    In addition, the Department of Disease Control said that two cases in the test that meet the definition of 'Fever Pneumonia Cases in the History of Tourism in Wuhan, China' were released today. The results of the test were: one was negative for influenza and the new coronavirus, and the other was H1N1 influenza. Virus-positive, so all have been ruled out; 9 suspected cases reported to date have been ruled out.

    The CDC reminds that if a suspected case meets the definition of a case when it is diagnosed by a medical institution, it must be notified to the competent health authority within 24 hours. The health unit will conduct isolation treatment, epidemic investigation, autonomous health management and contacts for the suspected case. Preventive measures such as health monitoring.

    The CDH stated that it is now in the season of respiratory diseases such as influenza and pneumonia, and urged those who plan to visit the local area and nearby areas to avoid entering and exiting traditional public markets, hospitals and other public places, and contact with wild and livestock animals. Implement personal protective measures such as washing hands with soap and wearing a mask; if fever or flu-like symptoms occur within 14 days of returning to China, you should proactively notify the air traffic control and quarantine staff, wear masks as required, and take the initiative to inform doctors of their travel history and occupation , Contact history, and group situation (TOCC).


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      Google translation:
      [Wuhan pneumonia] There is a case or a person-to-person transmission of the doctor: New virus transmission efficiency is expected to be lower than SARS
      Written by: Chen Qianting
      2020-01-15 18:51
      Last updated: 2020-01-15 18:51

      After the Hong Kong government representative visited Wuhan to inspect the local epidemic prevention work, he briefed some local cases today (15th). The Center for Health Protection revealed that two of the patients were two couples. A few days after the onset of the husband involved in the wet market, the wife who had not visited the market also developed the disease. It is not ruled out that the case was transmitted from person to person.

      Respiratory doctors believe that the case's apparent evidence points to human-to-human transmission, but according to the data released by the Mainland, only 41 confirmed cases were human-to-human transmission, which is one of the most extreme cases that can be transmitted in 2003 when SARS The virus is low to 3 people, and it is estimated that the virus is difficult to spread on a large scale in the community.

      Center for Health Protection: Even if someone reports that the risk is persistent, it is not high

      Zhang Zhujun, director of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Center for Health Protection of the Department of Health, told a press conference about the situation and history of some patients diagnosed with the new coronavirus. At present, two of the 41 confirmed cases belong to family groups. One group is two couples. Mr. worked in the South China seafood market where many cases were found and took the lead. His wife had never been to the market and became ill after 5 days. The infection was transmitted to his wife from the onset of the husband, so there may be a case of human-to-human transmission, but the underground, tabletop and glove samples of the market involved have detected the new coronavirus. Zhang Zhujun acknowledged that the possibility of transmitting the virus through contaminated objects could not be ruled out. .

      The other group of 3 people, father, son, and uncle, lived together and ran the shop together. The time of onset of the three people was very close, and there was a chance to be "common exposure."

      Zhang Zhujun continued, the mainland is tracking close contacts of patients with more than 700 people, of which more than 400 are medical staff, and no contact has been confirmed. Zhang believes that this phenomenon shows that even if people pass on people, the continuous risk is not high. "Is it easy to pass on people? Can't say that."

      Expectation of low community diffusion opportunities, more detailed data needed to assess transmission risks

      The Chairman of the Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Medical Association, Liang Zichao, believes that the apparent evidence of the two couples points to human transmission, but it may also be transmitted through articles, such as the wife's handling of her husband's contaminated clothing. . He went on to point out that according to the information published in the Mainland, only one of the 41 confirmed cases is human-to-human, which means that the transmission coefficient of the virus, that is, the efficiency of transmitting to other people is low, and it means that the chance of large-scale spread of the virus in the community is low. .

      At present, the authorities have not disclosed in detail the more than 700 close contacts. Many of them are the family members of the confirmed patients. Liang Zichao said that detailed data can be used to assess the relative transmission risk. He quoted during SARS in 2003, "Carriers" can be transmitted from one patient to three people, and the transmission coefficient of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is less than 1. From the data released by the authorities, the new virus is much lower than 1.

      However, Liang Zichao believes that there are still many variables in human-to-human diseases, including whether the virus will mutate in the human body, whether there is a specific environment such as in a medical environment, the virus is more likely to invade the human body, and whether special people are more vulnerable to infection and treatment. Whether the different animal methods will cause the virus to spread or whether there will be super carriers will be factors that cannot be ruled out, and still need to be handled with caution.
      Last edited by Shiloh; January 15th, 2020, 07:43 AM. Reason: added last paragraphs


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        translated excerpt:

        ...People at high risk are chronically ill, old and obese

        Lai Weiwen, chief infection control director of the Hospital Authority, pointed out that 7 to 8 patients with pneumonia in Wuhan were severe, including one who died. The patients were mild to moderate pneumonia. The severe cases were 40 to 78 years old. Renal and liver failure occurred. Two of the severe patients needed an external life support device. At least one patient had more than one virus. Other patients have bacterial infections, and it is believed that high-risk people have long-term patients, older people, and obese people...


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          China coronavirus outbreak: five members of two families among 41 people infected in Wuhan

          Father, son and cousin who lived in the same house and ran a stall at the seafood market at the centre of outbreak among those hit, authorities say
          Seafood trader and his wife also being treated, despite woman never having visited the market

          Zhuang Pinghui in Beijing and Ng Kang-chung
          Published: 2:16pm, 15 Jan, 2020
          Updated: 10:03pm, 15 Jan, 2020

          Health officials have revealed that three members of the same family were among the 41 people that contracted the newly identified coronavirus
          in the central China city of Wuhan, adding that they have neither confirmed nor ruled out the possibility of human-to-human transmission.
          The three men – a father, his son and a cousin – lived together and ran a seafood stall at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which is widely thought to have been where the pneumonia outbreak started, Wuhan officials told visiting health experts from Hong Kong...


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            Wuhan Municipal Health and Health Committee's report on pneumonia of new coronavirus infection

            Published by: Wuhan Municipal Health Commission | Published: 2020-01-15 21:39:12

            From 04:00 to 14:00 on January 14, 2020, there were no new cases of pneumonia caused by new coronavirus infections, no cured cases, no new deaths reported.

            As of now, our city has reported 41 cases of pneumonitis infected with a new type of coronavirus, 7 cases have been cured and discharged, 6 cases are being treated in severe cases, and 1 case has died. A total of 763 close contacts have been tracked, 450 medical observations have been lifted, and 313 medical observations are still underway. Among the close contacts, no related cases were found.

            January 15, 2020


            • Japan confirms first Wuhan virus case


              A man in his 30s from Kanagawa prefecture, next to Tokyo, tested positive, the ministry said. The man had been to the Chinese city of Wuhan, where there has been an outbreak of pneumonia believed to be caused by the new coronavirus strain, it said.


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                Japan confirms first Wuhan virus case


                A man in his 30s from Kanagawa prefecture, next to Tokyo, tested positive, the ministry said. The man had been to the Chinese city of Wuhan, where there has been an outbreak of pneumonia believed to be caused by the new coronavirus strain, it said.
                Please see this thread:

                Japan - Government confirms 2019-nCov (new coronavirus) case in a citizen who returned from Wuhan, China - released from hospital - January 15, 2020


                • Taiwan: Two experts explained that they went to Wuhan, Mainland China to learn about the information about the severe and special infectious pneumonia epidemic

                  In response to the severe and special infectious pneumonia epidemic in Wuhan, Mainland China, China recently arranged Hong Minnan, the commander and epidemic prevention physician of the medical network for infectious disease prevention and treatment, to travel to Wuhan, China to obtain information on the epidemic situation, and hold a returning briefing today (16), expressing to During the visit in Wuhan, in addition to understanding the latest local epidemic development and epidemic prevention measures, they went to local hospitals to actually visit and visit negative pressure isolation wards to understand the diagnosis and treatment process of suspected patients and the control measures.

                  The CDC received a report from the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday (15) that 41 cases of pneumonitis infected with a new type of coronavirus are still maintained, of which 6 were severe cases, 1 died, and 7 cases were discharged from hospital. In addition, Japan today (16) The country ’s first confirmed case of Wuhan ’s new type of coronavirus overseas was announced today. The patient developed fever during his stay in Wuhan and did not reach the South China seafood market. However, there is a possibility of close contact with unknown pneumonia patients in Wuhan. Closely. Due to the successive occurrence of confirmed cases in Thailand and Japan that did not go to the South China seafood market, although the local risk of limited human transmission has not been ruled out in Wuhan, the source of the infection has not yet been clarified. (Alert) reminds Chinese people to take personal protective measures if they are going to Wuhan, China and its neighboring areas in the near future.

                  The Office of Disease Control and Prevention has fully raised its alert in the international and mini-three ports, and has made a comprehensive inquiry on Wuhan travel history and health assessment for inbound travellers. It appeals to travellers with travel history in Wuhan, Mainland China. People with fever or cough, such as physical discomfort, whether or not they take it Drugs should be proactively notified to airport quarantine staff to assist passengers and provide health assessments. Since December 31, 2019, the boarding and quarantine of direct flights from Wuhan has begun. 26 flights have been carried out, and a total of 2,845 passengers and crew members have been quarantined. A total of 13 people have symptoms, 7 of which have been removed from control, and the remaining 6 Symptoms of those who were assessed as having no evacuation had improved or recovered, and the local government health bureau continued to follow and care. So far, a total of 9 cases that meet the "fever pneumonia cases in the history of travel in Wuhan, China" have been excluded, and there are currently no confirmed cases of new coronavirus in China in 2019.

                  The CDA reminds that people who plan to travel to Wuhan, China and the surrounding areas should avoid entering and exiting traditional public markets, hospitals, and other public places, as well as contact with wild and poultry animals, and take personal protective measures; return to China for 14 days If the above symptoms occur, you should wear a mask to seek medical treatment as soon as possible, and inform the physician of the history of travel, occupation, contact history, and whether they are clustered (TOCC). For related information, please refer to the CDC website (, or call the toll-free epidemic prevention line 1922 (or 0800-001922) for inquiries.



                  • Japan confirms first case of infection from Wuhan coronavirus; Vietnam quarantines two tourists

                    “It has not been confirmed at this moment that sustained human-to-human infections can occur,” Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

                    The man, a Chinese national, had been in close contact with a patient when he was in Wuhan, the Health Ministry said. It added that none of his family members who live with him in Japan, nor the doctors who treated him, have tested positive for the virus.

                    The Wuhan outbreak coincides with the annual flu season in Japan, and the ministry has reiterated its advisory for people to wash their hands, gargle, and wear masks to avoid falling sick.

                    Meanwhile, two Chinese tourists with fever symptoms from Wuhan were quarantined by Vietnam’s Ministry of Health and are now under observation after they landed at Danang International Airport on Tuesday (Jan 14). Hanoi dispatched a medical team to the coastal city and called an emergency meeting on Wednesday on prevention efforts.

                    The Kanagawa resident had first developed fever symptoms on Jan 3 when he was in Wuhan. He returned to Japan on Jan 6 but was not detected at the immigration health checkpoint as his fever had been brought down by medication.

                    He saw a doctor later the same day, to whom he reported his travel history to Wuhan, but was prescribed medication and could return home as his symptoms were relatively minor.

                    He went to a hospital on Jan 10 as his fever persisted and was hospitalised until Wednesday (Jan 15), when he was discharged. He does not have a fever but reportedly still has a slight cough.



                    • The latest from Vietnam screening...


                      Chinese passengers are isolated in Da Nang without acute pneumonia
                      01/16/2020 12:24 GMT + 7

                      TTO - Pasteur Institute of Nha Trang announced the results of samples taken from Chinese passengers showing signs of fever at Da Nang airport, according to which this person had a fever not caused by a virus causing acute pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, China.

                      On the afternoon of January 16, Dr. Nguyen Tien Hong, deputy director of Da Nang City Department of Health, said that Nha Trang Pasteur Institute has announced the results of samples taken from Chinese passengers showing signs of fever at Danang airport. .

                      According to the results, this patient is not related to acute pneumonia in China. "The Nha Trang Pasteur Institute has announced the preliminary results by phone, the text will be sent later. So even though this patient is from Wuhan and has a fever of 38 degrees, it is not related to acute pneumonia. So we will release the patient today, "said Dr. Hong.

                      Earlier on January 14, the body temperature scanner at Da Nang Airport detected two cases of Chinese passengers from Wuhan with high body temperature, so the follow-up checks were carried out. In which, the case of children with high body temperature was identified as thermal shock on the aircraft, so they stopped monitoring.

                      The remaining adult is Xiong Tianzuo (23 years old, living in Wuhan, China) with a fever of over 38 degrees. According to the anti-epidemic process of group A, he was put into isolation, clinical examination and sampling of samples sent for testing.

                      According to Dr. Nguyen Tien Hong, in the case of two people manifesting fever at Danang airport, the Department of Health not only conducts health checks and carries out medical isolation according to the process but also monitors the health. of the passengers sitting around.

                      Although both cases have now been confirmed to be unrelated to acute pneumonia in China, the anti-epidemic process will continue to be carried out at border gates (airports, seaports). ) Danang.

                      "Because Da Nang is an area where many Chinese tourists come to visit, following the anti-epidemic process, people with a history of epidemiology in Wuhan with high fever will be particularly noted by staff. Examination, "emphasized Dr. Hong.


                      • German Researchers Develop 1st Test for New Virus From China

                        Dr. Christian Drosten, the director of the Institute for Virology at Berlin's Charite hospital, said the test developed by his team will allow labs to reliably diagnose the so-called novel coronavirus "in a very short period of time.”
                        The test protocol is being made available through the World Health Organization, and laboratories can order a molecule from the German team to compare patient samples with a positive control, he said.

                        "We have just started receiving orders and are now starting to post the molecule,” Drosten told The Associated Press.



                        • Pneumonia of new coronavirus infection in Wuhan

                          Last night, the Wuhan Municipal Health and Health Commission informed about pneumonia of the new coronavirus infection. On January 14, there were no new cases in Wuhan. So far, 41 cases have been accumulated, 7 cases have been cured, and 1 case has died. A total of 763 close contacts have been tracked, and 450 medical observations have been lifted. No close cases were found among close contacts



                          • CHP closely monitors confirmed case of infection of novel coronavirus in Japan and revises reporting criteria
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                            The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health said today (January 16) that the CHP has been closely monitoring a new confirmed case of infection of novel coronavirus in Japan. The public is again urged to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

                            According to information from the health authority of Japan, the case involved a male patient in his thirties who is living in Kanagawa, Japan. The patient, who had earlier travelled to Wuhan, Hubei Province, developed a fever on January 3 and returned to Japan on January 6 and sought medical attention on the same day. He was admitted to a local hospital on January 10 and was discharged on January 15. He tested positive for the novel coronavirus on January 15. According to the patient, he did not visit the Hua Nan Seafood Market in Wuhan but had contact with a pneumonia patient while he was in Wuhan.

                            In view of the latest situation and risk assessment, the CHP will enhance surveillance of suspected cases and revise the reporting criteria of "Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent". Details are as follows:

                            Medical practitioners are requested to make a report to the CHP for further investigation if they encounter an individual with fever and acute respiratory illness, or pneumonia, and who had experienced one of the following within 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms: (a) visited Wuhan (regardless of whether the individual had visited wet markets or seafood markets there); or (b) visited a medical hospital in the Mainland; or (c) had close contact with a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus while that patient was symptomatic.

                            A spokesman for the CHP said, "The CHP will issue letters to doctors and private hospitals to inform them of the revised reporting criteria. The CHP will continue to maintain its liaisons with the World Health Organization, the National Health Commission and relevant overseas health authorities, and closely monitor the situation for risk assessment. The reporting criteria will be adjusted in a timely manner according to the prevailing situation."

                            The Port Health Division (PHD) of the CHP has earlier strengthened port health measures and enhanced temperature screenings of travellers with increased frequency of random checking at all boundary control points. An additional thermal imaging system dedicated for temperature screenings of travellers from flights arriving in Hong Kong from Wuhan has been put in place at Hong Kong International Airport.

                            Moreover, additional temperature checks using handheld infrared thermometers for all inbound travellers during the periods when the two daily high-speed trains with stops at Wuhan arriving in Hong Kong are conducted to ensure that the body temperatures of all passengers from these two trains are checked. Travellers who fulfilled the above reporting criteria will be immediately referred to public hospitals for isolation, treatment and follow-up.



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                              Third suspected Wuhan virus case detected in Singapore, man isolated as precaution
                              Published 1 hour ago
                              Linette Lai
                              Political Correspondent

                              SINGAPORE - A 69-year-old man who travelled to Wuhan has been diagnosed with pneumonia, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday evening (Jan 16).

                              "He has been admitted for further assessment and treatment, and isolated as a precautionary measure," a ministry spokesman said. "His condition is stable."

                              The man, a Singaporean, had not visited the seafood wholesale market in Huanan, from where the new bug is thought to have emerged. Investigations are ongoing to establish whether his illness is linked to the Wuhan disease cluster.

                              The man is the third person in Singapore to be suspected of having the Wuhan virus. The man is the third person in Singapore to be suspected of having the Wuhan virus. The first two were a three-year-old girl and a 26-year-old man, both of whom were Chinese nationals. They had visited Wuhan - the capital of central China’s Hubei province - but subsequently were tested negative for the virus...


                              • Singapore government report:

                                16TH JAN 2020

                                As of 10am, 16 January 2020, the Ministry of Health has been notified of a 69 year-old male Singaporean with pneumonia, who had travel history to Wuhan. He has been admitted for further assessment and treatment, and isolated as a precautionary measure. His condition is stable.

                                The suspect case had not visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market associated with the cluster of pneumonia in Wuhan.

                                Investigations to establish whether the suspect case is linked to the Wuhan pneumonia cluster are ongoing.