Mystery Wuhan virus not Sars: Health officials

Wuhan Medical Treatment Centre. The authorities are racing to identify the mystery virus and find its source.
Wuhan Medical Treatment Centre. The authorities are racing to identify the mystery virus and find its source.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM SCMP/YOUTUBE

The Chinese health authorities have ruled out the severe acute respiratory syndrome, or Sars, as the cause of the mystery pneumonia that has struck 59 people in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

The authorities are racing to identify the mystery virus and find its source. The city's Municipal Health Commission said that those affected contracted the virus between Dec 12 and 29, and many were seafood wholesale market vendors.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 07, 2020, with the headline 'Mystery Wuhan virus not Sars: Health officials'. Print Edition | Subscribe