A new report indicates that the deadly Chinese coronavirus may not actually have originated at a wet market in Wuhan
- New research argues that the deadly Wuhan coronavirus may not have originated at a wet market in the city, as previously thought.
- A report published in The Lancet medical journal found that in 41 cases of the virus in Wuhan, only 13 cases were linked to the market.
- The first reported case of the virus was also not linked to the market, according to Science, which cited The Lancet report.
- Previously it was widely believed that humans caught the virus from animals such as bats and snakes in a wet market in Wuhan, where meat is sold alongside live animals in poorly regulated conditions.
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The research found that the virus could have originated elsewhere before entering the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market.Looking in detail at the cases of 41 patients infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus, scientists found that the first reported case of the virus from 1 December had no link to the wet market, according to Science, which cited The Lancet's report. The report also found that 13 of the 41 cases studied had no link to the marketplace.
"That's a big number, 13 with no link," Daniel Lucey, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Georgetown told Science.
It is still not clear whether the virus came from the market or not, but the latest research says there is a possibility that it did not.
One way to establish for certainty whether the virus originated from the market would be to take samples from the animals in the market - but the market has now been cleared and disinfected, according to The Conversation.The Wuhan Health Authority closed down the market on January 1, and banned the trade of live animals at wet markets last Wednesday.
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