The etiologic agent responsible for the cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan has been identified as a novel betacoronavirus, (in the same family as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV) via next generation sequencing (NGS) from cultured virus or directly from samples received from several pneumonia patients. Electron microscopy revealed a virus with a characteristic crown morphology: a coronavirus.
As information about the novel cornovirus causimg disease in the cluster of respiratory disease patients identified in Wuhan is evolving, HISI shall be providing updates on the news and resources available.
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