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We are in the midst of a medical crisis.

The deadly coronavirus that originated in China has infected hundreds of people and is now spreading across the globe at an alarming rate.

Amongst the global panic, people have been trying to figure out exactly where the virus has come from and how to treat it effectively.

But things are only getting worse after the news has emerged that a newborn has been diagnosed with the disease, and now the first doctor to warn the public about the disease has been diagnosed with it.

Keep scrolling to find out more...

 

Wuhan, China is currently in the middle of a medical crisis.

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The Chinese city with a population of over eleven million citizens is currently on lockdown as authorities investigate the spreading of a deadly disease.

It is known as the coronavirus outbreak...

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Reuters has given a short guide to what it is exactly: "Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that get their name from what they look like under a microscope - they are spherical and their surfaces are covered with "crown"-like spikes."

The symptoms can be deadly.

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"Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death."

A lot of people have now died from the virus...

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It has been confirmed that 565 people have now died globally, with the majority being in mainland China.

It is notoriously difficult to cure...

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And this is because of the speed in which the virus can mutate. The technicalities read... "The virus blends with its host's DNA, which means it can mutate rapidly."

Things are only getting worse...

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The virus continues to rapidly spread, and traces of the disease have already been discovered and confirmed in 8 other countries including Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.

And the first cases have now been confirmed here in the U.S.

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There are currently sixteen active cases being monitored in Washington DC but, because of the speed of mutation, it has also spread across the nation to California. A young girl is currently hospitalized with the virus and is showing no signs of recovery.

The United Nations may be on the brink of declaring a global outbreak...

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The United Nation's health agency was forced to delay a decision on whether to declare the outbreak an international public health emergency as they continue to discuss the appropriate solution to the crisis.

Authorities in China have canceled Chinese New Year events because of the lockdown...

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And flights to and from the location have been reduced drastically in order to stop further infection.

And now, everyone is asking the same thing...

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What is it that's causing this deadly virus?

There are many theories...

But it is widely believed that the sale of meat from wild animals is the prime cause of the coronavirus.

Bats are believed to be one of the main culprits...

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Strains of the virus have been discovered in bats in the past and, with them being a delicacy in some areas of China, they are believed to be one of the primary causes.

Chinese influencers have been heavily criticized for the consumption of bats...

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And many have been eating the bats whole without properly preparing them.

The finger has also been pointed at reptiles...

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In particular snakes. In similarity to bats, reptiles aren't suitable to eat but a snake soup is also seen as a delicacy in numerous parts of China.

All of these sources seem pretty reliable...

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And it seems likely the virus has from a wild animal.

But regardless of where it comes from, the virus can be spread quickly and easily...

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And Chinese officials have warned that the strains can be spread by coughing, kissing or making contact with saliva.

Scientists have been working tirelessly in a bid to find a vaccine...

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But they have so far had no luck.

Things are steadily getting worse...

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And the news continues to become more harrowing.

It involves a newborn baby...

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CBS News has confirmed that a baby born on the 2nd of February in Wuhan has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The baby's mother was already infected before she gave birth...

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The baby weighed just over 7 pounds at birth and is now in stable condition and under medical observation, according to Union Hospital, affiliated with Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. The infant didn't show any signs of a fever or a cough, but it did experience shortness of breath.

This proves that the virus can be passed from mothers to their unborn children...

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According to experts, this may be a case of mother-to-child transmission.

We send our thoughts and prayers to the mother and her new baby...

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And we hope they both manage to pull through this devastating crisis.

However, now even worse news has struck. One of the first people to warn the public about the coronavirus has died.

The doctor from Wuhan, China made the news when he was brought in by police after being accused of 'spreading rumors' about the coronavirus before it became a pandemic. The disease has killed 565 people so far.

Li Wenliang deals with patients at the virus' 'ground zero'.

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At the beginning of December, he wrote to his medical student friends that he examined a patient with similar symptoms to SARS. When he shared the news publicly: "Seven cases of SARS confirmed." He received a letter from the police saying he had 'severely disturbed the social order', despite the virus going on to kill more than 300 people at the time of writing.

Here's what the letter said...

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"The police hope that you can actively cooperate with us, heed our advice, and stop your illegal behavior. Can you do this?" Li responds to this in writing: "Yes, I can." "We hope you can calm down and reflect on your behavior. We solemnly warn you: If you keep being stubborn, with such impertinence, and continue this illegal activity, you will be brought to justice - is that understood?" To which Li answers: "Yes, I do."

Li's workplace, Wuhan Central Hospital is the main hospital treating patients of the Coronavirus.

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On Saturday morning, he wrote in a post that he had been diagnosed with the virus, writing: "Today's nucleic acid (novel coronavirus) test came back positive. Everything is settled now - it's finally confirmed."