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China Pneumonia Outbreak: Mystery Pneumonia Sweeping Through Chinese Schools, WHO Seeks Immediate Report

China Pneumonia Outbreak: Mystery Pneumonia Sweeping Through Chinese Schools, WHO Seeks Immediate Report
China Pneumonia Cases On The Rise

The outbreak, which was first reported in late October, has been characterized by an unusual set of symptoms, including high fever, inflammation of the lungs, and a lack of the typical cough associated with pneumonia.

Written by Satata Karmakar |Updated : November 23, 2023 10:23 AM IST

As China begins to recover from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new threat has emerged in the form of a mysterious pneumonia outbreak sweeping through schools in the country. This alarming situation has raised concerns about the potential for another pandemic and has strained the healthcare system in affected regions.

The outbreak, which was first reported in late October, has been characterized by an unusual set of symptoms, including high fever, inflammation of the lungs, and a lack of the typical cough associated with pneumonia. This has made it difficult for doctors to diagnose and treat the illness, leading to a surge in hospitalizations among children.

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Local media reports suggested that school closures are imminent due to the outbreak. The affected children admitted to various hospitals show unusual symptoms, including lung inflammation and high fever, but noticeably lack the typical cough and other signs associated with flu, RSV, and other respiratory illnesses.

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