Researchers Find Different Coronavirus Species in Wild Animal Markets

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As the world continues to tackle the new type of coronavirus outbreak, a new study in markets and restaurants in Southeast Asia has raised concerns further. A research team of US and Vietnamese scientists found that mice sold in these markets have different types of coronavirus.

It is estimated that the new type of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) disease, which has spread to more than 8 million people worldwide, has spread from a market where wild animals are sold in Wuhan, China. A new study shows that these markets, which are still not closed, are inviting new coronavirus outbreaks.

A research team of US and Vietnamese scientists found that mice sold in markets and restaurants in Southeast Asia also have different types of coronavirus. Observing that the positive test rate in animals increases when moving from “field to table”, the researchers say that living things received viruses in this process.

Considering that the detected coronavirus species are different from the SARS-CoV-2 causing COVID-19 disease and are not harmful to humans, the team warns that the wild animal trade may be an effective incubation area for deadly diseases.

It was recently revealed that the nucleic acid called RaTG13, collected from the Rhinolophus affinis type laws in Yunnan province, China, showed 96 percent similarity to SARS CoV-2. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers bats as the most likely natural reservoir of SARS-CoV-2, but the differences between bat coronavirus and SARS-CoV-2 suggest that humans are infected by an intermediate host (such as musk cats or pangolines).

On the other hand, let’s compress the information that the SARS-CoV virus, which emerged in November 2002 in Guangdong province of China and spread to 29 different countries, spread to people from musk cats sold in wild animal markets. The outbreak was completely under control in July 2003, but in the eight months that passed, 774 out of 8,098 people were infected.

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“The wildlife supply chains and the animals’ experiences in this supply chain seem to greatly strengthen the coronavirus,” said Amanda Fine, a researcher from the New York-based nature conservation group WCS. “These are not dangerous viruses, but they provide information on how viruses can grow in these conditions,” said another researcher from the WCS, Sarah Olsen….


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