Chinese language scientists indentify Pangolin as possible hyperlink for coronavirus unfold


"Simply reporting detection of viral RNA with sequence similarity of more than 99 per cent is not sufficient". Ebola outbreak (2013-2016) was also traced to bats.

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According to China's Xinhua news service, the investigators discovered that samples of coronaviruses obtained from uncontrolled pangolins and from contaminated patients are 99% indistinguishable. Along with the lives of the people, it is also causing financial loss.

A price list that circulated on China's internet for a business at the Wuhan market showed a menagerie of animals or animal-based products including live foxes, crocodiles, wolf puppies, giant salamanders, snakes, rats, peacocks, porcupines, camel meat and other game - 112 items in all.

At a seminar in August a year ago, officials from China's Wildlife and Plant Protection Department said they were trying to upgrade pangolins to a class-1 most protected animal.

Bats have been considered the latest carriers of the disease.

"This has major significance for the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus", South China Agricultural said in a statement, though it did not elaborate on the research.

Experts believe China need to take radical measures against sale of such wild animals in its markets.

So are scaly anteaters responsible for fuelling an epidemic?

They speculated that this intermediary was likely a mammal, possibly member of the badger family, and it is now believed that the pangolin may be that missing link.

The World Wildlife Fund says pangolin is one of Asia's most trafficked mammals, although protected by worldwide law, because its meat is considered a delicacy in countries such as China, just as its scales are used in traditional medicine.

The Wuhan coronavirus has now killed at least 813 people, more than the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak in 2002-03 despite the lower fatality rate of 2.2% against 9.6% for SARS.

Birds and animals are in the centre of the debate about how the virus originated.

The number of deaths from the coronavirus outbreak in China has officially risen to 722 on Saturday.

That is because almost all coronaviruses are located in China.



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