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China's new SARS-like virus spreads to Japan

January 16, 2020 4:00 pm
[Source: CNN Philippines]

Fears are mounting across Asia over the cross-border spread of a new coronavirus identified in China that has killed one patient and sickened dozens, as health authorities race to identify the source of the pathogen.

The new strain of coronavirus, in the same family as the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), originated in Wuhan, the largest city in central China.

It was confirmed Thursday to have been detected in Japan, a few days after Thailand confirmed its first case of infection.

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The outbreak has cast a shadow over Lunar New Year celebrations and put the rest of Asia on alert. Virologists around the world are now studying its genome sequence shared by Chinese researchers, but many questions still remain.

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