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  • #16
    Originally posted by alert View Post
    I don't know who this is, but this person is tweeting that SARS has been confirmed:

    31 Dec 2019 More

    陈宏葆 Retweeted 曹山石
    .听说确诊的危重的7例,就是SARS,武汉同济医院,华大基因公司都查了病原体确认是冠状病毒。武汉二医 院后湖院区也确认冠状病毒。

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    [COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87)]陈宏 葆 Retweeted Cao Shanshi[/COLOR]
    [COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87)]. I heard that the 7 critical cases diagnosed were SARS, Wuhan Tongji Hospital, and Huada Gene.[/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87)]Coronavirus has also been confirmed in the Houhu District of Wuhan Second Hospital.[/COLOR]

    I think this comes from NTDTV. This news group is based in New York. They are not pro-China government. I have no idea if this is true or Western misinformation. Not that I believe anything China says either.

    Bottom line - still don't know what is going on.......

    See below:

    Beijing Time: 2020-01-01 01:36
    [NTD Beijing, January 01, 2020] News of SARS outbreak in Wuhan , officials also confirmed that 27 cases of "viral pneumonia" have been found since December, but said "SARS has not been confirmed yet. But then came the Internet authoritative medical institution to a report, use MAPMI technology detect SARS virus positive.

    On December 30th, a MAPMI test report suspected of a "Boao Medical Laboratory" in a certain place was published on the Internet. The first high-confidence positive indicator detected was the SARS coronavirus. In addition, it includes the conditional pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and 46 other oral or respiratory colonization bacteria.




    • #17
      Translation Google

      2020-01-01 09:26:08 Beijing News reporter: Zhang Shengpo editor: Wang Jingyi

      Wuhan South China Seafood Market Closes Today

      Decided to close the South China Seafood Wholesale Market for environmental sanitation.

      The Beijing News (Reporter Zhang Shengpo) Recently, pneumonia patients of unknown cause have appeared in Wuhan South China Seafood Market. Since January 1, the South China Seafood Market has been closed for remediation.

      On the morning of January 1st, a reporter from the Beijing News saw at the South China Seafood Market that the door was affixed with the "Announcement on the Rest of the Market" jointly issued by Wuhan Jianghan District Market Supervision and Administration Bureau and Jianghan District Health and Health Bureau. The announcement showed: "According to The State Council's "Regulations on Public Health Emergencies" and other regulations and regulations, and the Wuhan Municipal Health and Health Commission's report on the current pneumonia epidemic situation in our city, after research, decided to implement a market shutdown for the South China Seafood Wholesale Market for environmental sanitation. Merchants are actively cooperating. The market opening time will be notified separately. "The payment time is January 1.
      A large number of market business owners have gathered at the gate of the South China Seafood Market. Businesses can still go in and out, but they cannot conduct business. A vendor said that she had just noticed that she was going to close the market.

      "Notice posted at five o'clock in the morning." On the morning of January 1st, a supervisor in charge on duty told the Beijing News reporter that the merchants did not know beforehand, "many business owners have bought in advance."

      Beijing News reporter Zhang Shengpo

      Edited by Jingjing Wang to proofread Guo Li

      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela


      • #18
        Translation Google

        Wuhan University of Hong Kong expert on pneumonia cases: it is not appropriate to conclude that it will not be transmitted from person to person

        [Wenhui News] Dagong Wenhui's full media report: 27 cases of viral pneumonia were recently discovered in Wuhan, Hubei. He Bailiang, director of the Center for Infection and Infectious Diseases of the University of Hong Kong, said in a radio program today (1st) that it is inappropriate to conclude at this stage No one will pass from person to person. He noted that there was no human-to-human transmission in the Mainland briefing, and he had reservations about it, because at this stage it was unknown what virus caused the outbreak, and the case details were not released, such as how many of the cases involved the same family. Members, how many are infected in wet markets, etc.

        He Bailiang said that according to the Mainland authorities, about 1/4 of the 27 confirmed cases, that is, 7 cases are serious, and the proportion is quite high, and the cases are related to wet markets, which is worrying whether patients have ever been exposed to animals, especially wild animals. I believe the Mainland will follow this investigation. He believes that it is time for Hong Kong citizens to raise awareness and take precautionary measures. For example, if they are unwell after returning from the Mainland, they should wear masks immediately and avoid wet markets and hospitals in the Mainland.

        (Contributed by Dagong Wenhui All-Media News Center)

        Editor-in-chief: Lin Xi

        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
        -Nelson Mandela


        • #19
          SARS pathogen exposure? Wuhan market sells wild rabbit head viscera everywhere

          The outbreak of "Unknown Viral Pneumonia" in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China has officially confirmed 27 cases since December, of which 7 were in critical condition and suspected of collective infection. "Acute Respiratory Syndrome" (SARS) is likely to make a comeback. It is rumored on the Internet that "game" is sold in the local market. Chinese media visited the site and found that there were indeed vendors selling "game", which were suspected to be related to the epidemic.

          After an unexplained pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, Chinese netizen "Wan Qian Pet_Yuki" broke the news on Weibo on the 31st, claiming that pheasants, snakes, and marmots were slaughtered and sold in the Wuhan South China Seafood Market. The netizen said that he had visited the market. "On the surface, seafood is sold. Except for cats and dogs to be slaughtered, live snakes and pheasants, various pheasants, and marmots, all are sold brightly. Sika deer, live monkeys and other signs Hanging brightly ... ".

          〔即時新聞/綜合報導〕中國湖北省武漢市爆發「不明病毒性肺炎」疫情,官方證實12月以來已出現27宗病例,其中7人情況危急,且疑似集體感染,引發民間憂心2003年「嚴重急性呼吸道症候群」(SARS)恐怕捲土重來。網路傳聞該地市場有販賣「野味」,中國媒體實地走訪,發現確實有販賣「野味」的攤販,疑似與疫情有關。 武漢不明原因肺炎爆發後,中國網友「萬謙寵愛_Yuki」31日在微博上爆料,稱武漢華南海鮮市場有野雞、蛇、土撥鼠等動物宰殺出售。該網友稱自己走訪過市場,「表面賣海鮮,深處除了待宰的貓狗,活蛇活鱉,各種野雞,活蹦亂跳的土撥鼠,都在明晃晃地賣,梅花鹿、活猴之類的招牌也在明晃晃地掛…」。 《紅星新聞》


          • #20
            I don't even have words for this. Typical China government. The fix is in. W.H.O. can only report what China lets them report. All member countries can require that the W.H.O. remain silent on any disease events. The question is when does the W.H.O. disregard those requests in the interest of public health?

            Eight people spreading Wuhan pneumonia rumors were investigated and punished according to law

            First Financial 2020-01-01 18:52:28 Recently, some medical institutions in Wuhan have seen more than one case of pneumonia, and the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission issued a briefing on this. However, some netizens publish and forward false information on the Internet without verification, causing adverse social impact. After investigation and verification by the public security organs, eight illegal personnel have been summoned and handled according to law. The police reminded that the Internet is not a place outside the law. Posting information and remarks on the Internet should abide by laws and regulations. The police will investigate and deal with illegal acts of fabricating, spreading, spreading rumors and disrupting social order, and will not tolerate them. It is hoped that the majority of netizens will abide by relevant laws and regulations, do not create rumors, believe rumors, or spread rumors, and build a harmonious and clear cyberspace. (CCTV News)



            • #21

              Translation Google

              2020-01-01 14:58:28Beijing News reporter: Zhang Sheng Kai Zhang Huilan aspect Editor: Wang Jing Yi

              Wuhan South China Seafood Market has been closed, unexplained pneumonia has a mature surveillance system
              Hong Wei (pseudonym) is the owner of an aquatic shop on Sixth Street in the Western District. He told the Beijing News that he only heard on the morning of December 31 that there were three shop owners who were often playing cards at a stall near Tenth Street two days ago. After that, he sent a WeChat greeting to one of the bosses, and the other party replied "infected with a virus".

              Bai Xiaomei (pseudonym), a merchant from the Western District, said that a couple she knew who was doing business in the seafood market was also hospitalized, "for two or three days." According to her, both were pneumonia caused by a cold.

              Another merchant on the Second Street in the West District told the Beijing News reporter that the merchant selling spices next door was first admitted to Wuhan Central Hospital on December 25, and then transferred to Wuhan Xiehe Hospital. The store is currently managed by his family.
              Under the guidance of the owner, a reporter from the Beijing News found the storefronts of four shop owners who were hospitalized for pneumonia for unknown reasons. These stores operate vegetables, edible fungi, seasonings, fish and shrimp, etc., and are currently closed. Among the four stores, the vegetable store and the edible fungus store are adjacent, and the other two belong to different neighborhoods.

              Xu Ping (a pseudonym), a neighbor of one of the seasoning shops, told the Beijing News reporter that the owner of the shop was a 40--50-year-old man who usually stayed up late to play cards. He had "don't care" after catching a cold recently. At first He didn't go to the doctor. He went to the hospital only a few days after he noticed that his condition became worse. He was eventually diagnosed with pneumonia.

              "I was surprised when I first heard that he was hospitalized. Was he still hospitalized for a bit of a cold?" Xu Ping said, and he was not worried about being infected. "If SARS is not yet infected, it won't be one day or two!" When a reporter from the Beijing News met Xu Ping, she was preparing to close the house and was wearing no mask.
              On December 31, a reporter from the Beijing News visited the Houhu Courtyard of Wuhan Central Hospital, which is about 2 kilometers away from the South China Seafood Market. The official website of the hospital shows that Houhu Courtyard is a high-quality medical resource of Wuhan Central Hospital in the northern part of Hankou. The extension has filled the gap that there are no large tertiary hospitals in the local area.

              A 60-year-old patient in the emergency ward, Li Jing (pseudonym), told the Beijing News reporter that she had been treated in the Houhu District of Wuhan Central Hospital on December 27 for gallbladder disease. Since then, she has seen 4 people from the South China Seafood Market. Merchants came to the emergency room due to pneumonia.

              According to Li Jing, when the first pneumonia patient from the South China Seafood Market was admitted to the hospital, the hospital did not consider it abnormal and let the patient live with the other patients in the emergency ward. Soon, a middle-aged man accompanied his mother to the hospital. The man ran a poultry shop in the South China Seafood Market. His mother developed some symptoms of pneumonia and had a high fever. The man soon began to have a fever and was hospitalized with his mother.

              "When his family came to accompany the bed, he mentioned to the doctor that several people in the South China Seafood Market have recently been hospitalized because of similar symptoms. Some are in Tongji Hospital and some are in Xiehe Hospital." Li Jing said that there were already three people in Houhu Hospital at this time. Patients with pneumonia related to the South China Seafood Market were hospitalized. Doctors began to be vigilant and asked to record the occupational status of the three patients. They learned that the man's mother often went to South China Seafood Market to deliver meals.

              On December 29, Li Jing saw that the fourth pneumonia patient from the South China Seafood Market was admitted to the emergency room. The hospital immediately transferred the four patients' beds to the southwest corner of the ward, and they were treated in isolation that afternoon.

              "Isolation was very fast, and as soon as they went out, someone came in and disinfected with ultraviolet light." Li Jing said that she believed that the emergency measures against the incident in Houhu Hospital "have been done well." Li Jing said she had no symptoms of respiratory infections.
              In mid-December, local media in Wuhan reported that Wuhan had entered a period of high flu, and the number of children in many pediatric hospitals surged. A reporter from the Beijing News told a number of medical staff in Houhu District that they had received patients with respiratory diseases this year, but they did not respond.

              On the evening of December 31, the son of the owner of a seasoning shop in the western area of ​​the South China Seafood Market told the Beijing News reporter that his father had been treated in Houhu District after being diagnosed with pneumonia. He was originally going to be discharged but was transferred to another hospital for treatment. He didn't know the specific reason.
              On the afternoon of December 31, a staff member of the Wuhan Institute of Virology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences told the Beijing News reporter that all the researchers participated in the investigation of unexplained pneumonia, but he said that the institute would not release information separately, and related researchers were inconvenient. Interviews are subject to the information of the Health and Health Commission.

              Public information shows that China has incorporated unexplained pneumonia into the disease control surveillance system more than ten years ago. The purpose of surveillance is to detect some infectious cases in a timely manner, issue early warning and take preventive measures as soon as possible.

              In 2004, in order to screen for possible SARS (SARS) cases, human avian influenza cases, and other infectious respiratory diseases, the original Ministry of Health required nationwide surveillance of unexplained pneumonia cases, and issued the National Implementation Plan for Surveillance of Unexplained Pneumonia Cases. (Trial), and adjusted the plan in 2007 based on previous monitoring experience, and released the National Surveillance, Investigation and Management Plan for Unknown Causes of Pneumonia.

              The plan stipulates that cases of unexplained pneumonia refer to the following 4 cases of pneumonia that cannot be diagnosed at the same time: (1) fever (underarm temperature ≥ 38 ℃); (2) imaging characteristics of pneumonia; (3) In the early stage of onset, the total number of white blood cells is reduced or normal, or the lymphocyte classification count is reduced; (4) After standardized antibacterial treatment, there is no significant improvement or progressive worsening of the condition.

              The Beijing News reporter retrieved relevant papers and found that since 2004, the relevant departments of disease control and other regions across the country have released monitoring results for pneumonia of unknown origin.

              "2004-2009 Cases of Unexplained Pneumonia in China" written by researchers such as Ni Ni and others from the Office of Disease Control and Emergency Management of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention collects cases of unexplained pneumonia from 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions in China. Studies show that 2004 From April 2014 to December 31, 2009, a total of 864 cases of unexplained pneumonia reported through the disease surveillance information report management system, telephone and fax, including 35 confirmed cases of human avian influenza, and exclusion of unexplained pneumonia diagnosed as other diseases Of the 793 cases, 36 cases of unexplained pneumonia have not been ruled out so far. Studies have shown that most cases of human bird flu are detected by unexplained pneumonia surveillance.
              In recent years, unexplained pneumonia cases have occurred throughout the country, and the causes are different.

              The Beijing News reporter searched for public reports and found that in 2013, 4 cases of pneumonia of unknown cause were found in Shenzhen, and the final diagnosis was influenza A H1N1 influenza. In the same year, 4 cases of pneumonia of unknown cause appeared in Beijing and were eventually diagnosed as ordinary pneumonia or influenza. In 2013, cases of unexplained severe pneumonia occurred in Shanghai, Anhui, and Jiangsu provinces, of which 3 were confirmed to be infected with H7N9 avian influenza and 2 died.

              Evaluation of the Unexplained Pneumonia Surveillance System by Wang Yu, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, shows that since the establishment of an unknown cause pneumonia surveillance system in 2004, as of December 31, 2016, 31 provinces (autonomous regions, municipalities) 1666 cases of pneumonia of unknown cause were reported through the disease monitoring information reporting management system, of which 8% were human cases of avian influenza, and 76% of the reported cases were diagnosed with other diseases, such as viral pneumonia, bacterial pneumonia, unknown pathogen pneumonia, etc. In addition, 15% of cases were diagnosed with upper respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 14% of other unexplained diseases and 2% lack information on disease outcomes.

              A paper published by two physicians from the Department of Infectious Diseases and Endemic Disease Control of the Fangshan District Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing published in the "Occupation and Health" in April 2019 shows that in May 2018, an unknown cause of clustering occurred in a primary school in Fangshan District, Beijing. Pneumonia epidemic, more than 20 students in a grade had fever, cough, sore throat, pneumonia and other symptoms. A large number of pneumonia cases were diagnosed on chest radiographs, which attracted great attention from hospital doctors. After consultation and treatment by relevant departments, they were finally diagnosed as a Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection cause.

              According to the report of the Wuhan Municipal Health and Health Committee, Wuhan organized consultations with clinical medical, epidemiological, and virological experts from Tongji Hospital, Provincial CDC, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan Infectious Disease Hospital and Wuhan CDC Experts analyzed the above cases from viral pneumonia from the aspects of illness, treatment outcome, epidemiological investigation, and preliminary laboratory tests.

              The notice mentioned that viral pneumonia is more common in winter and spring, and can be spread or outbreak. The clinical manifestations are fever, soreness, a small part of breathing difficulties, and pulmonary infiltration. Viruses that cause viral pneumonia are common with influenza viruses. The disease can be prevented and controlled, and indoor air circulation can be prevented to prevent the public places and crowded places where there is no air circulation. People can wear masks when going out. Symptomatic treatment is the main clinical practice, and bed rest is required. If you have the above symptoms, especially the persistent fever, you should go to the medical institution in time.

              According to CCTV news, the expert group of the National Health Commission has arrived in Wuhan on the morning of December 31, and is conducting relevant inspection and verification work. According to "People's Daily" reports, a number of people in Wuhan hospitals said that the current cause is not clear, and it cannot be concluded that it is the SARS virus rumored on the Internet. Other severe pneumonia is more likely. And even for the SARS virus, there has been a mature prevention and treatment system before, and citizens do not need to panic.

              Beijing News reporter Zhang Shengpo Xiangkai Zhang Huilan

              Edited by Wang Jingying to proofread Li Lijun

              "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
              -Nelson Mandela


              • #22

                Google translation:
                Wuhan unknown pneumonia hospital snoring Taiwan boarding quarantine
                Beijing Time: 2020-01-02 12:49

                [NTD Beijing, January 02, 2020] The "unknown cause of pneumonia" occurred in Wuhan, China. Taiwan's CDA received a reply from its counterpart in mainland China on Tuesday, saying it could not determine whether it was a SARS epidemic. However, the Taiwan CDC has carried out boarding quarantine for flights from Wuhan to Taiwan.

                The South China seafood market in China is deserted. Due to the outbreak of 27 cases of pneumonia of unknown cause recently, Wuhan officials posted a market closure notice in the new year, and environmental sanitation will be carried out. The group conversation spread on the Internet even pointed out that the case confirmation was SARS. . The Taiwan Disease Management Agency has also received a reply from its counterpart in mainland China that the situation is the same as the press release issued by the Wuhan authorities. At the same time, the CDA has also conducted boarding and quarantine inspections for direct flights from Wuhan to Taiwan.

                Zhou Zhihao, Director of Taiwan's Disease Management Agency: "In terms of quarantine, we have already begun to implement it. Mainly, we must specifically target passengers on these flights from these high-risk areas to make health assessments to confirm It's OK to say if they are healthy. "

                According to information from the official announcement in Wuhan, the current outbreak has no obvious human-to-human transmission, and there is no medical staff infection. In addition, the proportion of severe patients is less than 30%, which is not consistent with the characteristics of SARS, and it is not yet possible to determine whether it is SARS. However, through the lens of the Lu Media reporter, the severity of the unknown pneumonia epidemic can be clearly felt.

                Medical staff of Wuhan Central Hospital VS. Lu media reporter: "In the isolation ward. (Where is the isolation ward? Can I visit?) I can't get in, I can't get in, I'm completely isolated. I can't (determine the condition) yet? No, we can't get in. How can you get in. (Patient) is next to the surgical ward. "

                The reporter then went to the surgical ward, but could only talk through the door gap.

                Lu Media reporter VS. Medical staff of Wuhan Central Hospital: "Can you say a few words to them? (No.) Is our friend here (visit)? (No. No.) Is it serious?"

                The Chinese counterpart responded to the Taiwan Department of Disease Management and pointed out that experts had been sent to Wuhan to conduct pathogen detection and investigation of the cause of infection. If there is any further information, we will inform us in time. The CDA reminded the public that if they had recently traveled to Wuhan and had fever or acute respiratory symptoms within 10 days of returning to China, they should take the initiative to notify the 1922 Epidemic Prevention Line and wear a mask to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.

                NTDTV Asia Pacific TV Zhao Tingyu organizes reports


                • #23
                  Laurie Garrett, replying to Helen Branswell:

                  Laurie GarrettVerified account
                  16h16 hours ago More

                  Replying to

                  Etiology still unknown. Not #SARS . Associated with a fish market in Wuhan, Hubei. Rumored that coronaviridae ruled out. Coincides w/widespread flu.


                  • #24

                    Laurie GarrettVerified account 48m48 minutes ago More

                    Laurie Garrett Retweeted Dr Alexandra Phelan
                    It is clear that a deadly respiratory disease has emerged in Wuhan, China. And most of the >25 cases are connected to a huge, closed fish market. Nothing else is definite. Rumors of #SARS are unconfirmed & doubted. Scientists who know more tell me they are required to keep secret



                    (Assuming this isn't SARS, a SARS-like virus, or a novel influenza, the noise/panic level around this outbreak seems too high for the known facts. No fatalities, and no H2H spread yet. Without knowing what else has been excluded, it's tough to hazard a guess as to the culprit. I'm wondering if some shoddy lab returned a false positive for SARS at some point a few days ago, setting off the alarm. This outbreak seems unlikely to have drawn attention due to the animal contact, for the simple reason that the initial reports focused on the dirty/wet conditions in the market, with the animal exposures only having been mentioned on the second or third day. It also seems unclear on what grounds a viral etiology is suspect. They seem to have ruled out bacteria based on lack of response to antibiotics, but that does not automatically mean a viral cause is necessary. - alert)
                    Last edited by alert; January 1, 2020, 06:35 PM.


                    • #25
                      Translation Google

                      GOV.MO Macau Special Administrative Region Government Portal
                      Starting today, temperature screening of passengers from Wuhan flights Health Bureau maintains close liaison with National Health Commission

                      Health Bureau
                      Release date:
                      January 1, 2020 17:41

                      Regarding the cluster of unexplained pneumonia cases in Wuhan, Mainland China, Director Li Zhanrun of the Health Bureau said in a public interview today (January 1) that the notification from the National Health Commission and the local health department announced that Wuhan and South China Seafood Twenty-seven pneumonia cases have been found in the city, of which 7 are in serious condition, and the remaining cases are stable and controllable. Two patients are expected to be discharged in the near future. Authorities believe the cases are viral pneumonia, but the exact pathogen and source of the infection are still being tested. Investigations so far have not revealed any apparent human-to-human transmission or infection by medical staff. The Health Bureau has received the notification from the National Health and Health Commission and stated that it will notify Macao as soon as it has the latest information.

                      Director Li Zhanrun emphasized that viral pneumonia is a common disease in winter, but 27 cases of unexplained viral pneumonia occurred in the same place, and 7 of them (25%) were severe and unusual. There are two direct flights between Macao and the Mainland every day. The personnel between the two places are in close contact. The Health Bureau is very concerned about the situation and has deployed additional staff to strengthen health quarantine at ports, especially airports. From today, the Health Bureau conducted a temperature screening of passengers from Wuhan flights at the Macau International Airport. No abnormalities were found for the time being. At the same time, maintain close liaison with the National Health Committee and make preparations for various infectious diseases. The Health Bureau also continues to provide training to medical staff on infection control and detection of various infections, and has sufficient reserves of drugs, other expendable substances, facilities and equipment. The Health Bureau reminds frontline medical staff to be vigilant and to report suspicious cases in a timely manner and take appropriate infection control measures, including if fever or respiratory symptoms in those who stayed in Wuhan within 14 days before the onset of illness are found at the port or medical institution. Further inspection. The Health Bureau urges residents not to panic too much, but to pay attention to personal hygiene and environmental hygiene. When traveling to Wuhan, it is necessary to avoid visiting local hospitals or contacting local people who are sick.

                      Director Lin Song of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that with regard to clusters of unexplained pneumonia in Wuhan, some experts suspected that it was caused by bird flu or other animal-borne infectious diseases. The known human-infected bird flu is caused by viruses such as H5N1, N7N9, and H5N6. There are also opportunities for other viruses. Macao has stopped importing live poultry, and the chance of bird flu infection in Macao is very small. In Wuhan or other places, try to avoid contact with poultry or other animals, avoid cases gathering places, places where there are many people, hospitals, etc., and consider wearing a mask and pay attention to personal hygiene.

                      Dean Guo Changyu General Hospital said that in order to cope with related infectious diseases, the Health Bureau has a reserve of anti-influenza drugs sufficient for 180,000 people; and the overall bed occupancy rate of Earl General Hospital is about 80% to 90%. Time as usual. Earl Grey Hospital has always adopted relevant mechanisms to ensure that patients with severe illness or need to be hospitalized reserve beds and rationally use hospital beds. Patients with mild or non-emergency symptoms are urged to choose a private clinic or a funded non-profit organization clinic for treatment, so that those who really need emergency services can get appropriate services earlier.

                      The Health Bureau reminds frontline medical staff to be vigilant and to report suspicious cases promptly and take appropriate infection control measures. Residents should pay attention to personal and food hygiene when traveling abroad to avoid contact with birds and other animals; walk to crowded places You can consider wearing a mask; avoid going to a local hospital or contacting people who are sick locally; if you feel unwell after traveling back to Australia, you should seek medical treatment as early as possible and explain your travel history to the doctor.

                      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                      -Nelson Mandela


                      • #26
                        As a reminder, we have recommended for years that everyone use at least two sources for their news. Sadly some persons use disease outbreaks as an opportunity for click bait, books, sales, etc. We have seen this type of exploitation in every single large outbreak.


                        • #27
                          Translation Google

                          Unknown pneumonia in Wuhan Su Zhenchang asks for ministerial meeting: transparency of information to avoid panic

                          2020-01-02 11:24 United Daily News reporter Lai Yuzhan / Taipei Real Time Report

                          President of the Executive Yuan Su Zhenchang said at a meeting of the Executive Yuan that an unexplained pneumonia epidemic has recently occurred in Wuhan , China. Although China has not yet announced the test results, and the type and cause of the pneumonia are still unclear, Taiwan and China have maintained close contacts. Contingency measures, strengthen the fever screening of inbound passengers, must strengthen relevant epidemic prevention measures and actions, and wait for them, and set up contingency centers as needed.

                          Su Zhenchang said that the latest information about the epidemic situation must also be actively and immediately grasped and confirmed. The Executive Yuan has convened relevant ministries (Ministry of Health and Welfare, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Immigration Department, Land Commission and Sea Commission) to discuss with them. All relevant ministries and commissions must let the people know clearly about the relevant actions of the epidemic prevention and control, so as to reassure the people and avoid panic.

                          Zhou Zhihao, director of the Department of Disease Control of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, said that the news had been grasped in the early morning of December 31 last year, and the mainland had been contacted, and there has been no latest news since then. The World Health Organization was also asked on the same day, and if there are further comments, it will be returned to China.

                          Zhou Zhihao said that on the same day, he decided to adopt border quarantine. He would conduct boarding and quarantine inspections on 12 direct flights a week in Wuhan. The epidemic prevention staff boarded the plane, informed the precautions, and performed health assessment on the passengers who were not well, and reminded general passengers to do If you are unwell, please contact the CDC. Since the implementation, two flights have been quarantined. There is currently a child with a fever and is observing at home.

                          Zhou Zhihao said that if the epidemic situation is insufficient, the CDA will negotiate with the land side, hoping to send colleagues to understand it on the spot.

                          Last edited by sharon sanders; January 2, 2020, 12:16 AM. Reason: added bolding
                          "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                          -Nelson Mandela


                          • #28
                            Apparently, Hong Kong has isolated a patient in Tuen Mun Hospital with similar symptoms who traveled from Wuhan.

                            They really shouldn't be calling this SARS, though, because it almost certainly isn't.


                            bc Yume Follow Follow


                            Tuen Mun district councillor Sam Cheung #張可森 has inquired Tuen Mun Hosiptal regarding the rumour of a #SARS patient from #Wuhan staying in the hospital ward and was informed that the staff are still figuring out without denying the rumour.


                            Apparently this case is negative for SARS and influenza.


                            • #29
                              RTHK is reporting the quarantined patient in Hong Kong but says tests are negative for SARS.


                              • #30
                                There is nothing about the person who travelled from Wuhan on the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection site yet. Here is the link for people to watch: