18 ‘high risk viruses’ in China market are ‘another pandemic waiting to happen’
A study of over a dozen species of game animals traded, sold and eaten as exotic food in China found mammalian viruses including 18 which were deemed “potentially high risk”
Wildlife species sold in wet markets in China are ‘another pandemic waiting to happen,’ a scientist has said.
A study of viral pathogens found that they harbour a range of diseases which threaten humans and other animals, reports said.
According to The Straits Times, a study of over a dozen species of game animals traded, sold and eaten as exotic food in China found 71 mammalian viruses.
This number included 18 which were deemed “potentially high risk” to both people and domestic animals.”This study highlights exactly why the wildlife trade and live animal markets are a pandemic accident waiting to happen,” said co-author Edward Holmes, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Sydney.
“This paper also shows that humans regularly transmit their viruses to other animals. There’s clearly two-way virus traffic.
“The research which was released on Friday showed cat-like carnivores Civets carried the most concerning microbes.
The research was supported by the National Key Research and Development Programme of China as well as others.
News credit : Danya Bazaraa S.N.R / www.mirror.co.uk