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N Engl J Med. 2020 Feb 20;382(8):727-733. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa2001017. Epub 2020 Jan 24.

A Novel Coronavirus from Patients with Pneumonia in China, 2019.

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From the NHC Key Laboratory of Biosafety, National Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (N.Z., W.W., J.S., X.Z., B.H., R.L., P.N., X.M., D.W., W.X., G.W., G.F.G., W.T.), and the Department of Infectious Diseases, Beijing Ditan Hospital, Capital Medical University (X.L.) - both in Beijing; Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital (D.Z.), the Division for Viral Disease Detection, Hubei Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention (B.Y., F.Z.), and the Center for Biosafety Mega-Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (W.T.) - all in Wuhan; and the Shandong First Medical University and Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences, Jinan, China (W.S.).


In December 2019, a cluster of patients with pneumonia of unknown cause was linked to a seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, China. A previously unknown betacoronavirus was discovered through the use of unbiased sequencing in samples from patients with pneumonia. Human airway epithelial cells were used to isolate a novel coronavirus, named 2019-nCoV, which formed a clade within the subgenus sarbecovirus, Orthocoronavirinae subfamily. Different from both MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, 2019-nCoV is the seventh member of the family of coronaviruses that infect humans. Enhanced surveillance and further investigation are ongoing. (Funded by the National Key Research and Development Program of China and the National Major Project for Control and Prevention of Infectious Disease in China.).

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