[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
Open Access / DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2020.01.009
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.