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Wildlife trade likely to be the source of coronavirus outbreak

It has already caused over 100 deaths, infected thousands of people, and put a spotlight on illegal wildlife trade. As controversy swells, China’s government is forced to take action.

A dangerous trade in China with consequences now being felt worldwide

Blamed for the current coronavirus outbreak, the wild animal trade has been temporarily banned by Beijing. Based on current information, an animal source seems the most likely primary source of this outbreak, with limited human-to-human transmission occurring between close contacts.

The virus is believed to have originated at a fish market located in Wuhan, in central China. Stalls at the market sold a wide variety of animals, including rats, wolf cubs, and giant salamanders. Aside from the environmental impact, the bushmeat trade also exposes humans to viruses carried by those animals. Scientists at the Global Virome Project estimate that wildlife could harbor 1.7 million undiscovered viruses. Half of those could potentially be dangerous to humans.

Since the 1980s, several epidemics have been associated with animal sources. These include AIDS, transmitted by a monkey, the Ebola virus, transmitted by a bat, and SARS, transmitted by a civet. The SARS outbreak, which also originated in China, killed nearly 800 people in the early 2000s.

Fearing another outbreak of that scale, the Chinese government has taken several steps: the Wuhan fish market was closed, and the trade and transport of wild animals have been banned until the epidemic ends. Now, however, NGOs are demanding more than temporary measures. They hope that the younger generations will turn away from ancient traditions.

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01/28/2020 6:38 PMupdated: 02/24/2020 2:28 PM

11 comments

  • Abheeshu G.
    02/29/2020 21:51

    Good news for Animals perhaps someday we will leave them alone, instead of torture them.

  • Josh B.
    02/28/2020 23:21

    Thousands of pit bulls have been sent over to china to help out with the dog meat dilemma

  • Margaret M.
    02/28/2020 03:00

    These poor animals, to begin with, before this epidemic is so sad 😞

  • Rahanna R.
    02/27/2020 16:33

    Good

  • Connie R.
    02/26/2020 22:14

    No Nation should be allowed to Trade these animals around under those conditions!!

  • Ty P.
    02/26/2020 20:50

    Congratulation Animals you will be safe for now.

  • Mbagwu M.
    02/26/2020 18:20

    UNBELIEVABLE FACTS !!!

  • Ishtiaq H.
    02/26/2020 14:02

    That's what the great shatan America want!

  • Mimielle A.
    02/26/2020 11:56

    It's about time they stop killing and eating wild animals

  • Sergio R.
    02/26/2020 10:59

    China will never learn...it been 3rd times of virus....ban to China. Disgusting.

  • Josue S.
    02/25/2020 20:44

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