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Taiwan listed the mysterious pneumonia outbreak in China as Category 5 serious disease

Taiwan has listed the mysterious respiratory disease originating in China as a category 5 communicable disease, according to Taiwan Centers of Disease Control (CDC).

According to Taiwan's Communicable Disease Control Act, high-risk infectious diseases may be classified in one of five categories, Central News Agency reported.

The category 5 diseases are defined as "emerging communicable diseases or syndromes," providing a legal basis for instituting mandatory reporting and quarantines for those exhibiting symptoms.

Other examples of category 5 communicable diseases include Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), H7N9 influenza, Ebola virus disease and yellow fever, among others.

All of the affected patients in China have been quarantined, and a medical task force has been put together to investigate the cause of the viral infections, the report added, China Business Network reported.

Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in China was enforced to closure where most of the patients have been identified as local residents doing business in the said market.

Meanwhile, a team of Chinese scientists has discovered the mysterious outbreak of viral pneumonia in China's Wuhan is caused by a new type of coronavirus, the same virus family as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Taiwan News reported.


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