Focus Taiwan: Taiwan seeks to send experts to Wuhan amid mysterious virus outbreak

Taipei, Jan. 6 (CNA) Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Monday that it has asked China to allow it to send people to the central Chinese city of Wuhan in order to gain a better understanding of a mysterious respiratory disease outbreak that has so far infected 59 people.

Based on the “Cross-Strait Cooperation Agreement on Medicine and Public Health Affairs” signed in 2011, the CDC said it has already filed an application with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, adding that it hopes to receive authorization from the authority as it did in several previous cases.

China’s disease and prevention center have so far ruled out influenza, avian influenza, adenovirus, SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) as causes of the outbreak, speculating that the source could be an animal infection originating in the city’s Huanan Seafood Market.

On Sunday, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission issued a press release noting that a total of 59 cases of the virus have been reported, of which seven are considered serious.

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