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Patients Quarantined in Wuhan with Pneumonia of Unknown Cause, Test Results to be Announced asap

This is a very quick & rough translation of Yicai‘s latest news article (2019-12-31 10:16:19 Beijing Time)

《武汉不明原因肺炎已做好隔离 检测结果将第一时间对外公布》


On the evening of the 30th, a red-headed (official) document entitled “Urgent Notice on the Treatment of Patients with Pneumonia of Unknown Cause” was widely distributed on the Internet. According to this document, it was issued by the Medical Administration & Management Office of Wuhan Municipal Health Committee.

On the morning of the 31st, Yicai reporter called the official hotline of Wuhan Municipal Health Committee (12320) and learned that the content of the document is true.

12320 hotline staff said that the type of the pneumonia appeared in Wuhan this time remains to be determined.

The document says, according to the urgent notice from the superior, some medical institutions in Wuhan have successively found patients with pneumonia of unknown cause. All medical institutions should strengthen the management of outpatient & emergency departments, strictly implement the first-in-patient responsibility system, and as soon as patients with unknown cause of pneumonia are found, efforts should be assembled to treat them on the spot, and there should be no procrastination and refusal.

The document emphasizes that medical institutions need to strengthen multidisciplinary professional forces such as respiratory, infectious diseases, and intensive medicine in a targeted manner, open green channels, make effective connections between outpatient and emergency departments, and improve emergency plans.

Another official document entitled “Municipal Health Committee’s Emergency Notification on Reporting the Treatment of Pneumonia of Unknown Cause” is also true. This document says, according to the urgent notice from the superior, the South China Seafood Market in the city has seen patients with pneumonia of unknown cause one after another.

The so-called unexplained pneumonia cases refer to the following 4 situations of pneumonia that cannot be diagnosed at the same time: fever (≥38 ° C); imaging characteristics of pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome; reduced or normal white blood cells at early onset, or reduced number of lymphocytes; no significant improvement after treatment with antibiotics for 3 to 5 days.

It is understood that the first patient with unexplained pneumonia that appeared in Wuhan this time came from Wuhan South China Seafood Market.

12320 hotline staff said that the Wuhan CDC went to the treating hospital to collect samples as soon as possible, and the specific kind of virus is still waiting for the final test. A good job of quarantine and treatment for patients with unexplained pneumonia have been done, which does not prevent other patients from going to the medical institution for medical treatment. Wuhan has a national first-class virus research institution, and once the virus test results are found, they will be released to the public as soon as possible.



This page is a very quick and rough translation of a news article from Yicai. The translation is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for the source language text. The source language text , found here, is the only definitive and official version.


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