China’s CDC says coronavirus linked to illegal wildlife trade
We all know there are many reasons not to participate or allow illegal trade in wildlife, dead or alive. Maybe this one will frighten enough people away to reduce this cruel practice.
China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said this week that the new 2019-nCoV virus originated from wild animals illegally sold at a seafood market in the city of some 11 million people.
“Many patients were potentially exposed to wildlife animals at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, where poultry, snake, bats, and other farm animals were also sold,” the scientists said. “Our findings suggest that snake is the most probable wildlife animal reservoir for the 2019‐nCoV,” they added, basing results on an isolated glycoprotein they believe is a pathway in the animal-to-human transmission.
It’s similar to the link with bats that was implicated in the 2003 SARS coronavirus epidemic, which spread to 26 countries and involved more than 8,000 cases once it progressed to human-to-human transmission.