Pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan: first case reported outside of China

Security guards stand in front of a closed seafood market in Wuhan, which has been linked to the outbreakImage Copyright
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The outbreak began in Wuhan, in eastern China.

A traveler in Thailand has become the first person outside of China to be diagnosed with a new coronavirus.

The Chinese woman was quarantined after arriving in Bangkok from Wuhan, in eastern China, where the outbreak began in December.

One person has died and so far 41 cases similar to pneumonia have been recorded.

Coronaviruses can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to viruses such as Sars, which killed hundreds during an outbreak in 2002-3.

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According to the official Xinhua News Agency of China, the passenger arrived in Thailand on January 8, where she was hospitalized. No other passengers were infected, he said, adding that the traveler was now ready to return to Wuhan.

On Tuesday separately, the World Health Organization (WHO) said for the first time that there seemed to be a limited transmission of the virus from person to person, according to the Reuters news agency.

According to reports, many previous cases of the virus had been linked to a fish market in Wuhan.

The new case in Thailand comes just before an important period of travel in China, as hundreds of millions of people prepare to travel for the Chinese New Year.

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