Public Safety authorities in China have made a preliminary determination of a novel coronavirus, identified in a hospitalized person with pneumonia in Wuhan.
The Chinese investigators conducting gene sequencing of the virus, using an isolate from one positive patient sample. They say this new strain is
Preliminary identification of a novel virus in a short period of time is a notable achievement and demonstrates China’s increased capacity to manage new outbreaks.
Globally, novel coronaviruses emerge periodically in different areas, including SARS in 2002 and MERS in 2012. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans. As surveillance improves more coronaviruses are likely to be identified.
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