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No New Virus in China, CDC Director Confirms

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Mandy Cohen has reassured the public that the recent surge in respiratory illnesses in China is not due to a new virus.

This statement comes amid heightened vigilance following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clarification Amidst Rising Illnesses

During a Congressional hearing, Cohen addressed the increase in respiratory diseases reported by Chinese authorities.

She emphasized that the illnesses are related to known pathogens like COVID, flu, RSV, and mycoplasma, a lung-infecting bacterium​​​​.

Comparisons to Early COVID-19 Days

Some Republicans on the committee drew parallels between the current situation and the early days of COVID-19, citing concerns over the reliability of information from China.

Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers noted that the lack of transparent information from China was reminiscent of the initial stages of the COVID-19 outbreak​​.

With information from Fox News.

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