Do you still ask how did Covid-19 started or who re responsible don’t ask again because WHO is about to tell us more about the virus?
On Thursday WHO said they believe it has detected the place where the pandemic originated one of the members of the delegation that recently visited China said in an interview that in the exotic animal farms in the south of the country, bats were infected with other animals that were later sold in the Wuhan market.
World Health Organization (WHO) says the exotic animal farms in southern China are the most likely source of the COVID-19 pandemic that has spread around the world.
Revealing this on Thursday was Peter Daszak, a disease ecologist at the EcoHealth Alliance and a member of the delegation that the WHO sent to the Asian giant to identify the origins that unleashed the SARS-CoV-2 virus, in an interview with US radio NPR.
Daszak said the investigation found new evidence that these wildlife farms were supplying animals to vendors at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, where the first reported cases of COVID-19 were identified.
According to the researcher, the Chinese government’s response was another clue that led them to these conclusions, since for them farms were the most likely way for a bat-specific coronavirus to arrive from southern China to infect humans in Wuhan.
Those wildlife farms, including those in the Yunnan region, are part of a unique project that the Chinese government has been promoting for 20 years.
“They take exotic animals, like civets, porcupines, pangolins, raccoon dogs and bamboo rats, and raise them in captivity,” says Daszak.
The agency is expected to release the findings of the team’s investigation in the next two weeks. Meanwhile, Daszak gave NPR a highlight of what the team discovered.
“China promoted wildlife farming as a way to lift rural populations out of poverty,” says Daszak. The farms helped the government meet the ambitious goals of closing the rural-urban gap.
“It was very successful,” says Daszak. “In 2016, they had 14 million people employed on wildlife farms, and it was a $ 70 billion dollar industry.”
Then on February 24, 2020, just as the outbreak in Wuhan was waning, the Chinese government took a complete turn on farms.
“What China did then was very important,” says Daszak . “They released a statement saying they were going to stop raising wildlife for food.”
The government closed the farms. “They sent instructions to the farmers on how to dispose of the animals safely, to bury, kill or burn them, in a way that does not spread disease.”
Why would the government do this? Because, Daszak thinks, these farms could be the spill site, where the coronavirus jumped from a bat to another animal and then to people. “I think SARS-CoV-2 was first introduced to the people of southern China. It looks that way. ”
First, many farms are located in or around a southern province, Yunnan, where virologists found a bat virus that is 96% genetically similar to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-disease. 19. Second, farms raise animals known to carry coronavirus, such as civet cats and pangolins.
Finally, during the WHO mission to China, Daszak said the team found new evidence that these farms were supplying suppliers at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, where an early COVID-19 outbreak occurred.
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