Chinese pneumonia is a term that has been used to refer to different outbreaks of respiratory infections in China. The most recent one occurred in November 2023, when China reported an increase in pneumonia cases in several parts of northern China, especially among children.
The cause of this outbreak is still unknown, but it is suspected to be related to the circulation of known pathogens such as influenza, mycoplasma pneumonia, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and SARS-CoV-2, after the lifting of coronavirus restrictions earlier in the year. The World Health Organization (WHO) has requested more information from China about the outbreak and advised the public to take precautions.
Another outbreak of Chinese pneumonia occurred in late 2019 and early 2020, when a novel coronavirus (later named SARS-CoV-2) emerged in the city of Wuhan, causing a severe acute respiratory syndrome (later named COVID-19).
This outbreak spread rapidly across China and the world, causing a global pandemic that has killed millions of people and disrupted the lives of billions. The origin and transmission of this virus are still under investigation, but it is believed to have originated from an animal source, possibly a wet market in Wuhan.
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What are the symptoms of Chinese pneumonia?
The symptoms of Chinese pneumonia may vary depending on the type and cause of the infection. According to the news and web search results, some of the common symptoms reported by the patients in the recent outbreak in China are:
- Severe headache
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
These symptoms are similar to those of other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza, SARS, and MERS. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms, especially if you have travelled to or been in contact with someone from the affected areas in China.
To prevent the spread of Chinese pneumonia, the World Health Organization recommends taking the following precautions:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing, and dispose of the used tissue properly.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick or have respiratory symptoms.
- Wear a medical mask if you have respiratory symptoms or are caring for someone with respiratory symptoms.
- Avoid contact with animals, especially those that are sick or dead, and their products, such as meat, milk, or eggs.
- Avoid visiting wet markets, where live animals are sold, or places where animals are slaughtered.
- Cook food thoroughly and avoid raw or undercooked meat and eggs.
- Seek medical care early if you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and inform your healthcare provider of your travel history or exposure to anyone with respiratory symptoms.
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