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Source of fatal Chinese 2019 coronavirus-nCoV probably become a snake. This became known from the study published in the Journal of Medical Virology.
Chinese scientists have reconstructed the structure of the virus to understand the causes of its appearance. They found a close genetic structure of two species of snakes: the South China mnogoplanovo krait Chinese Cobra.
Earlier edition of South China Morning Post, citing scientists reported that the source of the coronavirus can be bats. It is noted that infection could occur because the animals sold on the seafood market in Wuhan — prepared mice served to the soup. The researchers identified a probable causative agent of different species of bat, which happened last outbreak of SARS in 2002-2003. Then the causative agent of SARS coronavirus were these animals.
23 January it became known that China has temporarily closed the message two more cities and started to cancel the celebrations in honour of Chinese new year. In particular, it became known about the cancellation of bus and rail service to the city of Huanggang, where about seven million people and megacities Ezhou in Hubei province.
According to the latest data, a total of 617 recorded cases of damage of the new virus, including 17 deaths. It was established that the homeland of the disease is Wuhan, Hubei province. It accounts for most identified cases of infection — 444 — as well as all cases of death. In addition, the cases have been detected in the Chinese provinces of Guangdong and Zhejiang. Several cases of coronavirus recorded outside of China, for example, in Thailand, Japan and the USA.
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