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Thai authorities detect second case of SARS-linked virus in elderly woman

The 74-year-old woman is being treated in hospital after arriving from the Chinese city of Wuhan.

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HEALTH OFFICIALS IN Thailand have confirmed a second case of a mysterious SARS-linked virus in a visitor from China.

The 74-year-old Chinese woman is being treated in hospital after presenting with symptoms at Thailand’s biggest airport Suvarnabhumi on 13 January.

The woman was diagnosed with pneumonia linked to the new coronavirus, which has raised concerns after killing two people in China and hospitalising dozens. The illness has also been detected in Japan.

“People don’t have to panic as there is no spread of the virus in Thailand,” the health ministry said in its statement.

The woman, whose condition is improving, arrived from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, which is believed to be at the epicentre of the outbreak.

It came after Thai doctors diagnosed another Chinese traveller with mild pneumonia on 8 January, later confirmed to have been caused by the new virus.

The World Health Organisation has said “much remains to be understood” about the coronavirus from the same family as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which claimed hundreds of lives more than a decade ago.

During the upcoming holiday period for Chinese New Year, more than 1,300 passengers are expected to arrive in Thailand daily from Wuhan alone.

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