The continuing 2019-nCoV #epidemic #threat of novel #coronaviruses to #global #health — The latest 2019 novel coronavirus #outbreak in #Wuhan, China

[Source: International Journal of  Infectious Diseases, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]

The continuing 2019-nCoV epidemic threat of novel coronaviruses to global health — The latest 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China

David S. Hui, Department of Medicine & Therapeutics, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong, China; Esam I Azhar,
Special Infectious Agents Unit, King Fahd Medical Research Center and, Department of Medical Laboratory Technology, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Tariq A. Madani, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Francine Ntoumi, Fondation Congolaise pour la Recherche Médicale, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo; Richard Kock, The Royal Veterinary College, University of London, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK; Osman Dar, Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security, Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, UK; Giuseppe Ippolito, Lazzaro Spallanzani, National Institute for Infectious Diseases – IRCCS, Rome, Italy; Timothy D. Mchugh, Center for Clinical Microbiology, Division of Infection and Immunity, University College London, United Kingdom; Ziad A. Memish a,b,c, Christian Drosten a,b,c, Alimuddin Zumla, Center for Clinical Microbiology, Division of Infection and Immunity, University College London, and NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom, Eskild Petersen a,b

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The city of Wuhan in China is the focus of global attention due to an outbreak of a febrile respiratory illness due to a coronavirus 2019-nCoV. In December 2019, there was an outbreak of pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan, Hubei province in China, with an epidemiological link to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market where there was also sale of live animals. Notification of the WHO on 31 Dec 2019 by the Chinese Health Authorities has prompted health authorities in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan to step up border surveillance, and generated concern and fears that it could mark the emergence of a novel and serious threat to public health (WHO, 2020a; Parr, 2020).

Keywords: 2019-nCoV; Coronavirus; China; Hubei.


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I am an Italian blogger, active since 2005 with main focus on emerging infectious diseases such as avian influenza, SARS, antibiotics resistance, and many other global Health issues. Other fields of interest are: climate change, global warming, geological and biological sciences. My activity consists mainly in collection and analysis of news, public services updates, confronting sources and making decision about what are the 'signals' of an impending crisis (an outbreak, for example). When a signal is detected, I follow traces during the entire course of an event. I started in 2005 my blog ''A TIME'S MEMORY'', now with more than 40,000 posts and 3 millions of web interactions. Subsequently I added an Italian Language blog, then discontinued because of very low traffic and interest. I contributed for seven years to a public forum ( in the midst of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014, I left the site to continue alone my data tracking job.