UPDATED 12:07 PM PT — Saturday, January 11, 2020
Chinese health officials are still struggling to identify a fast-spreading virus, which has left one person dead and infected many others. This week, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said more than 40 people have been diagnosed since the start of the outbreak.
A 61-year-old man, who passed away this week, was said to be the first known death from the virus. Officials said the first victim was a regular at a live seafood market.
Although he had health issues prior to being infected, some are linking the pathogen to animal exposure.
“Tentative diagnoses showed 41 cases suffer from pneumonia caused by a preliminarily determined new type of coronavirus, including two people who have already left hospital. Seven are in severe condition, one died. Other patients are in stable condition.”– Hu Die, Chinese Central Television Anchor
The Wuhan health authority is conducting tests to identify the pathogen.