Outbreak of SARS-like pneumonia being investigated in China

China is investigating an outbreak of atypical pneumonia that is suspected of being linked to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the flu-like virus that killed hundreds of people in the early 2000s, state media reported Tuesday.

A team of experts from the National Health Commission were dispatched Tuesday to Wuhan, in central China’s Hubei province, and are “currently conducting relevant inspection and verification work,” state broadcaster CCTV reported.

An emergency notification issued Monday by the Wuhan Municipal Health Committee said hospitals in the city have treated a “successive series of patients with unexplained pneumonia,” without offering details.

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Source: The Japan Times