The Chinese official investigating a pneumonia outbreak stemming from a new coronavirus confirmed that the disease can spread from person to person but can be halted with increased vigilance. However, the forth death has been confirmed. The coronavirus, which has spread to three other Asian countries and infected more than 200 people in China, has caused alarm because its genetic similarities to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The World Health Organization therefore said it would consider declaring an international public health emergency.
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