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The deceased patient, a 61-year-old man, died on Thursday night of severe pneumonia, South China Morning Post reported. One of them died.

"Now we don't know the age range of patients, and the routes of transmission", Hui said. "It is not as good as making N protein specific to the new virus, but a quick and dirty way to test for exposure", he said. Officials have described it as being "novel". Also, this reminded authorities of a similar situation in 2003, where SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) spread to nearly 8,000 people.

There are several known human coronaviruses that usually only cause mild respiratory disease, such as the common cold, says the CDC.

China's reluctance to disclose information contributed to the spread of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, back in 2002.

An outbreak of viral pneumonia that has sickened dozens in the Chinese city of Wuhan has already killed at least one person.

The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said on Monday seven of the 41 had been discharged and six were in a serious condition.

World Health Organization had earlier informed that a new strain of virus from the SARS family may have struck China's Wuhan which has led to at least 59 people being infected.

Treatments did not improve his symptoms after he was admitted to hospital and he died on the evening of January 9 when his heart failed. Scientists, earlier this week, collected samples from an infected person.

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It said the pathogen was an "unknown cause of viral pneumonia".

Symptoms of the disease include difficulty breathing, fever and lesions on the lungs, which were revealed through chest X-rays.

And, health authorities in China are monitoring the health status of more than 700 close contacts, including healthcare workers.

Experts from the central Chinese National Health Commission said the outbreak in Wuhan might have begun in a seafood market.

The Chinese government expects passengers to make 440 million trips via rail and another 79 million trips via airplanes, officials told a news briefing on January 9.

Wuhan authorities said the deceased often shopped at the city's wholesale fish and live animal market, believed to be the source of the infections. "We are confident that we can manage the situation", Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told reporters.

It was feared the life-threatening SARS, a highly contagious virus, was behind the flurry of cases in Wuhan. No other cases have been reported anywhere else in China or the world.

Linfa Wang, a professor and director of the emerging infectious diseases programme at the Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, said he was travelling to Wuhan Tuesday.

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