- Kazakhstan has denied a report that there is a new outbreak of pneumonia in the country as made public by the Chinese embassy
- An earlier report stated that the purported new outbreak is deadlier than coronavirus as it warns people to be careful
- The Kazakhstan health ministry said the disease is not new as reported, adding that information given by the embassy was misleading
Authorities in Kazakhstan have denied a report published by Chinese officials that the country is under a very serious outbreak of "unknown pneumonia" which is more dangerous than Covid-19.
In a statement on Friday, July 10, the Kazakhstan health ministry said though there is the presence of "viral pneumonias of unspecified etiology," the outbreak was not new or unknown.
Health officials in the ministry said that the report was misleading and does not in any way represent reality, CNN reports.
It should be noted that on Thursday, July 9, the Chinese embassy said that the new outbreak is very deadly, warning its citizens in the country
Called the “unknown pneumonia”, the Chinese embassy said that while the country’s health sector is looking into the disease, they are yet to make any headway in identification, HowAfrica reports.
However, the Kazakhstan health ministry said Minister Aleksey Tsoy had also on Thursday, July 9, talked about various cases of pneumonia nationwide.
They said the cases included bacterial, fungal, and viral pneumonia and some of "unspecified etiology."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that scientists alerted the public of a new flu virus resident in Chinese pigs, saying it has become even more infectious and dangerous to humans and needs to be closely monitored so it does not become another pandemic.
The study by the scientists said the virus threat is not imminent. The discovery was made when a team of researchers assessed influenza viruses found in pigs from 2011 to 2018.
They found a G4 strain of H1N1 which has all the features of being a pandemic. The paper of the study was published by the US Journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
It was also discovered that people who work on pig farms have a high amount of the virus in their bloodstreams, adding that it is important to monitor workers in the swine industry.
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