New Delhi: China is reportedly dealing with another health emergency after the Covid-19 pandemic. A mysterious pneumonia outbreak has swept China’s northern region, endangering young children. Following reports, Chinese hospitals are overwhelmed with sick children, showing major symptoms of respiratory illness.
The outbreak was first reported in northern China, with a significant number of cases involving children. Hospitals in the affected areas, such as Beijing, Liaoning, and Hebei, have seen a surge in patients with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Some of the patients have developed invasive lesions on their lungs, as seen in chest X-rays.
As a result, many schools in the region have suspended classes and activities to prevent further spread of the disease. Parents have been advised to keep their children at home and avoid crowded places. Some schools have also implemented online learning and health monitoring systems for their students.
The cause of the outbreak is still unknown, but preliminary tests have ruled out viruses associated with SARS, MERS, influenza, and other known pathogens. The World Health Organization (WHO) has asked China for more information on the undiagnosed pneumonia outbreak that has spiked since October. The WHO says there is no need to panic, as there is little evidence so far of human-to-human transmission, but urges vigilance and precaution.
The outbreak has raised concerns about the possibility of another zoonotic disease, as some of the patients were vendors at a seafood market selling chicken, bats, and other wild animals. China has been criticized for its lack of transparency and regulation on wildlife trade, which has been linked to the emergence of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
The Chinese authorities have taken measures to contain the outbreak, such as closing the market, disinfecting the area, and tracing the contacts of the patients. They have also pledged to cooperate with the WHO and share relevant information and samples as soon as possible.