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Second Person Dies in Wuhan Pneumonia Epidemic

Pneumonia killed the second person in the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan following an outbreak of a previously unknown virus, local health authorities stated late Thursday.

The 69-year-old man had been taken to hospital with unusual renal function and severe damage to several organs, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission stated in an announcement on its website. He died on January 15.

In all, 41 cases of pneumonia are reported in Wuhan, which preliminary lab tests cited by state media confirmed could be from a new sort of coronavirus, a big family of viruses that may trigger infections ranging from the common cold to fatal Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

Japan, on Thursday, confirmed a man in his 30s had been infected with the virus, and a Chinese woman has been quarantined in Thailand with a mystery pressure of coronavirus. The World Health Organization (WHO) has cautioned a wider epidemic is possible.

Some 763 individuals have been put under observation in Wuhan after coming in to close contact with identified patients, health authorities stated on Thursday. Of those, 644 have been released, and 119 are nonetheless being tracked.

A 61-year-outdated man died earlier in the metropolis from pneumonia, after testing positive for the virus.

The epidemic comes ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday in late January when many of China’s 1.4 billion folks will be traveling to their home cities or overseas.

Memories remain contemporary in Asia of a 2002/03epidemic of SARS, which began in China and killed almost 800 people across the world.

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