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Originally Answered: How did the Wuhan virus appear?
The source of the outbreak has been identified to be the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market in Wuhan. Prof. Zhong Nanshan (鐘南山), who was the first Chinese scientist to discover the SARS virus, found out recently that the new virus most likely came from wild animals.
That’s right. Wild animals…again. If you remember anything from the SARS epidemic of 2003 at all, you’d probably be rolling your eyes and groaning, as I am right now.
Chinese people – my people – with a taste for more exotic meats, caught a bad case of the plague from chowing down on some endangered species (because chicken isn’t goo…(more)
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Franc Neary, Masters in Philosophy Creative Writing, Trinity College, Dublin (2000)
Answered Jan 26
Originally Answered: How did the Wuhan coronavirus appear?
Having read some of the virology classification data coming out of China (and the other global centres trying to quickly analyse it) I cant help but notice the information about transitioning (the tendency to cross from one species to another) which mentions bats and other a)avian species and b)other mammals.
Having travelled fairly extensively in Asia generally and China specifically, I have witnessed the markets at around Lunar New Year and the increased tendency to sell more “exotic” species such as bats, badgers, etc and I can’t help but draw some reasonable (at this stage anyway) conclusions especially considering the medical/scientific focus there seems to be on the meat markets in Wuhan.
It is precious little “silver lining” here, but MAYBE JUST MAYBE the Chinese authorities will consider banning the sale of these animals (I try to be culturally open-minded and it is possible to turn a blind-eye to the eating of certain species which are not endangered or may be properly farmed…I definitely do not tolerate consuming, for any reason, endangered or trafficked animals (of which there are many in Asia!)….but many of these so-called seasonal “delicacies” taste and smell revolting! I particularly remember being in a restaurant in Hà Nội not long ago and somebody ordered turtle for the table; I pride myself on having a virtually “caste-iron stomach” and nothing can really make me nauseous these days , but this thing was utterly revolting and stank. When I asked why people would eat this (even though most people agreed with me about the smell and taste) the reply was “tradition!”. Which says it all! I remembered wondering how safe this meat was and what effects or diseases could be caused.
I’ve definitely seen bat in markets in China at LNY so I won’t be surprised if this tendency to “eat the inedible” has caused this emergency.
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