Fourth Death Confirmed! China Takes Preventive, Control Measures

China is strengthening its alertness and surveillance in the face of a novel coronavirus that has caused at least 224 cases of pneumonia. It is a battle China must win as people's safety and health is concerned.

A fourth patient with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection has been confirmed dead in Wuhan, Hubei Province, according to a statement released by local health authorities early Tuesday.

The male patient surnamed Chen, 89, showed symptoms on Jan. 13 and was hospitalized on Jan. 18 due to severe dyspnea. He died at 11:39 p.m. on Jan. 19. The patient had hypertension, diabetes, coronary heart disease, and frequent ventricular premature beats before being infected.

Fifteen medical workers in Wuhan have been diagnosed with pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus, plus one suspected case. One of the 16 patients is in critical condition. All of them are being treated in isolation.

Zhong Nanshan, a renowned respiratory expert and head of a high-level expert team of China's National Health Commission, predicted an increase of viral pneumonia cases during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday. But he expressed confidence in curbing the virus spread, saying the SARS epidemic in 2003 will not be repeated.

"It took just two weeks to identify the novel coronavirus," Zhong said, noting that with well-rounded monitoring and quarantine systems, China will not suffer the social and economic impact as serious as 17 years ago.

The geographical distribution of Wuhan's infection cases indicated a close relationship between the epidemic and a local seafood market -- where trade of wild animals were allegedly spotted. Wuhan has intensified inspection, monitoring and disinfection of open fairs, prohibited sales of live poultry and all kinds of wild animals.

China will take preventive and control measures of category A infectious diseases to effectively fight against the pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), according to the National Health Commission.

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Source: Xinhua

Editor: Crystal H

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