Mystery China virus patients could have infected family members

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Hong Kong health official Chuang Shuk-kwan said that it's also possible that the man brought food home from the market that infected his wife. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said at a January 14 press conference that she would provide further updates after a scheduled meeting with local health experts on January 15.

Cheung said the incubation period of the Wuhan disease could be several days to two weeks.

Richard Brow, the agency's representative in Thailand, said anyone with a fever and cough who had spent time in Wuhan should get checked out by a health worker. He said the tour was not open to Hong Kong media due to its tight schedule.

However, he said mainland doctors believed the three men were most likely to have been exposed to the same virus in the market. They were only released after they agreed to delete their footage.

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In Hong Kong, hospitals have raised their alert level to "serious" and stepped up detection measures including temperature checkpoints for inbound travellers. The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission reported Saturday that seven other people are in critical condition.

The centre, which comes under the Ministry of Health's Preventive Medicine Department, said it would work closely with the World Health Organisation and worldwide health organisations to monitor the development of the new strain of corona virus. It said its medical experts were studying the disease with clinical and epidemical data. No community outbreak had happened. The statement also said that 450 of the 763 people who were observed due to their close contact with known patients have been released.

"The possibility of cases being identified in other countries was not unexpected, and reinforces why World Health Organization calls for on-going active monitoring and preparedness in other countries", its statement said. When the 61-year-old woman arrived at the airport, she was found to have a fever, and she was taken to the hospital where she tested positive for 2019-nCoV.

Earlier this week, According to Maria Van Kerkhove, acting head of WHO's emerging diseases unit, said, based on the information available, there is a possibility "that there is limited human-to-human transmission, potentially among families, but it is very clear right now that we have no sustained human-to-human transmission".

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