Mystery China virus has ‘resistance up to 90% to available drugs’, says top doc

The mystery pneumonia-like virus causing chaos in China is said to be resistant to around “90%” of available drugs, a top doc has warned.

The strange unidentified virus – thought to be a form of pneumonia – has been causing chaos in China for weeks, with the world on high alert over fears a new pandemic could be on the way. Although it so far only seems to impact mainly children, it saw officials in neighbouring countries such as India, Myanmar, Bhutan and Nepal readying themselves for action.

It has already reached Europe – with Denmark and Holland confirming an influx of cases – with the World Health Organisation on high alert and said to be monitoring the situation.

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It has also seen many other European nations put on high alert, such as Greece.

Emeritus Professor of Pediatric Pulmonology Ioannis Tsanakas, from the University of Thessaly in Greece warned: “Unfortunately, it has been proven that mycoplasma has a resistance of up to 90% to the available drugs.”

He was speaking alongside two other experts in conversation with the Greek City Times. It had been previously reported that the virus was evading many treatments, but not the level of 90% has been confirmed by the expert.

Another of those is Pulmonology at the University of Crete, Nikos Tzanakis, who explained why this mystery virus is suddenly on the rise having appeared out of seemingly nowhere – specifically in children.

  • Mystery Covid-like China virus now in Europe and already 'resistant to treatments'

He said: “Their immune system was unprepared, which was immediately reflected in the return to normality, which was delayed by a year. It is considered predictable at first sight that this situation also arose in China, that in the first winter without measures, it would face an increase in respiratory diseases. The theory of the immune gap in the child population is probably confirmed. Based on what has been announced, our concern concerns mycoplasma.”

And while it had previously been reported that just three symptoms were key to spotting the virus – in whatever form it takes – speaking exclusively to the Daily Star, NHS GP and GP Medico-Legal expert witness Hana Patel old of the eight symptoms to look out for:

  • A very high temperature

  • Sweating and shivering

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Sharp, stabbing chest pain

  • Quick, shallow breaths

  • Breathlessness at rest

  • A dry, irritable cough

  • Delirium or confusion

The World Health Organization is said to be monitoring the situation worldwide.

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