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A novel Coronavirus from patients with pneumonia in China, 2019

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Date: 24th January 2020 | Source: The New England Journal of Medicine

Authors: Na Zhu, Dingyu Zhang, Wenling Wang, Xinwang Li, Bo Yang, Jingdong Song, Xiang Zhao, Baoying Huang, Weifing Shi, Roujian Lu, Peihua Niu, Faxian Zhan, Xuejun Ma, Dayan Wang, Wenbo Xu, Guizhen Wu, George F. Gao, Wenjie Tan, for the China Novel Coronavirus Investigating and Research Team.

In December 2019, a cluster of patients with pneumonia of unknown cause was linked to a seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, China. A previously unknown betacoronavirus was discovered through the use of unbiased sequencing in samples from patients with pneumonia. Human airway epithelial cells were used to isolate a novel coronavirus, named 2019-nCoV, which formed another clade within the subgenus sarbecovirus, Orthocoronavirinae subfamily. Different from both MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, 2019-nCoV is the seventh member of the family of coronaviruses that infect humans. Enhanced surveillance and further investigation are ongoing.

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