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GENEVA (Reuters) – There has been a “limited” human-to-human transmission of a new coronavirus that has affected China, mainly small groups of families, but there is a possibility of further dissemination, said the World Health Organization ( WHO). Tuesday.

A Chinese woman was quarantined in Thailand with a mysterious strain, authorities said Monday, the first time she was detected outside of China. In total, 41 cases of pneumonia, a symptom of the disease, have been reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, mainly through exposure in a seafood market.

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, acting director of the WHO emerging diseases unit, said at a press conference in Geneva that the agency had provided guidance to hospitals around the world on infection control in case of spread, even through a “super propagation” event in a health care environment. . “This is something on our radar, it is possible, we have to prepare,” he said.

(Reports by Stephanie Nebehay; John Stonestreet edition)

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