Early data from Wuhan, China, illustrate some similar clinical symptoms between the first 41 hospital cases of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and SARS, while another study today in the same journal details person-to-person and between-city transmission of the virus in six family members.

A third study, meanwhile, estimates that 14% of people hospitalized with a 2019-nCoV infection will die.

The nCoV outbreak came to light in Wuhan in the last days of December and today topped 900 cases globally, with the vast majority in China, though several countries, including the United States (see related CIDRAP News story) have confirmed imported cases.

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Severe illness in hospitalized patients

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