Monday, June 21, 2021

Thousands of wild animals sold in Wuhan market before COVID-19 pandemic, says a new study

A new research by Chinese, British and Canadian researchers has found that thousands of wild animals were sold in markets in the Chinese city of Wuhan ahead of the Covid-19 outbreak. The study emphasizes on the active animal trade in the city, which has long been considered a potential source of the outbreak. In a paper published in the open access journal Scientific Reports, the scientists estimated that more than 47,000 wild animals from 38 species were sold in markets across Wuhan between May 2017 and November 2019 including 31 protected species with poor hygiene with health risks. A joint study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and China in 2021 and published in March said it could not be verified if wild animals were sold at the Huanan market.

The trade in wild animals was identified as a possible transmission route for the virus, which is thought to have originated in bats with the closest natural match found in a cave in southern China’s Yunnan province. Many, but not all, of the earliest known cases were linked to the Huanan market, and a later analysis found that over half of the first known cases in December 2019 had exposure to this or other city markets. The Chinese authorities said that only frozen wild animals were found at the Huanan market and tested after it was closed on 1st January 2020.

The WHO-China joint study said it was most likely that it entered humans via an intermediary species, with pangolins often identified as a likely candidate. The new paper, however, said there was no evidence that live bats or pangolins were sold in Wuhan, but mink, raccoon dogs, squirrels and foxes were all available. After the first COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China cracked down on wildlife trafficking and closed markets and captive breeding facilities, though it still allows some animals to be reared for fur or traditional Chinese medicine. The origins of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 remain unknown, and scientists and governments have called for further investigations into whether the virus came from a natural source or from a laboratory leak – a theory China has repeatedly denied.

- Advertisement -
Latest news

Odisha crosses milestone of administering 1 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines to beneficiaries

Odisha today crossed the milestone of administering one crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the beneficiaries. It includes about 72 lakh beneficiaries, who have...

Dr Anupam Prakash from Lady Hardinge Medical College to participate in special discussion on COVID-19 on AIR tonight

The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme "Corona Jagrukta series" will bring you a special discussion on...

AIR to broadcast exclusive interview with Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in ‘Surkhiyon Mein’ programme this evening

News Services Division of All India Radio will bring an exclusive interview with Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and family welfare in the...

Up to 10,000 Japanese fans to be permitted at Tokyo 2020 Olympic venues

Up to 10,000 Japanese fans will be permitted at Tokyo 2020 Olympic venues. Overseas spectators are already banned but organisers said domestic fans could...
Related news

Odisha crosses milestone of administering 1 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines to beneficiaries

Odisha today crossed the milestone of administering one crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the beneficiaries. It includes about 72 lakh beneficiaries, who have...

Dr Anupam Prakash from Lady Hardinge Medical College to participate in special discussion on COVID-19 on AIR tonight

The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme "Corona Jagrukta series" will bring you a special discussion on...

AIR to broadcast exclusive interview with Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in ‘Surkhiyon Mein’ programme this evening

News Services Division of All India Radio will bring an exclusive interview with Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and family welfare in the...

Up to 10,000 Japanese fans to be permitted at Tokyo 2020 Olympic venues

Up to 10,000 Japanese fans will be permitted at Tokyo 2020 Olympic venues. Overseas spectators are already banned but organisers said domestic fans could...