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SARS-Like Mystery Virus From China Spreads To Japan

CHINA MYSTERY VIRUS – The mysterious SARS-like virus from China that killed one patient and caused dozens to become ill has been detected in Japan.

China Mystery Virus Spreads To Japan - Philippine News
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The new strain of coronavirus shares the same properties as that of the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

This virus was first detected in Wuhan, the largest city in Central China. Recently, the same virus was detected in Japan a few days following Thailand’s first confirmed case.

Because of the spread of the virus, Virologists around the world are in a race to identify the genome sequence shared by Chinese scientists. However, most of the information about it is still in the shadows.

Based on a report from CNN, researchers have not ruled out the possibility that the virus could be spread from person to person. On Wednesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Watch Level 1 Alert.

This is the lowest of a three-tier travel health notice warning visitors of Wuhan to “be aware and practice usual precautions”.

On Thursday, Japanese authorities confirmed that a man who visited Wuhan was infected with the virus. The man was in his 30s and lived in the coastal Kanagawa Prefecture.

He developed a high fever on January 3 while he was in Wuhan. After three days, he returned to Japan positive for the virus.

However, he had since recovered from the symptoms and was discharged from the hospital. Although, he stated that he had not visited the wet market linked to the virus outbreak in Wuhan.

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