Pangolin identified as potential link for coronavirus spread

A Chinese moist sector.
Felix Wong  South China Morning Post  Getty

A Chinese moist sector. Felix Wong South China Morning Post Getty

James Wood, a veterinary medicine professor at the University of Cambridge, said simply identifying the similarity between the genome sequences of viruses is not sufficient.

Recent studies suggested that bats are the ones that sparked the outbreak.

The coronavirus source, which was initially believed to have originated in bats, although researchers suggested there have to have been an "intermediate host" in the transmission to humans. SARS, which is also a coronavirus, jumped to people at a wet market. too.

It is believed that the novel coronavirus spread from the seafood market in Wuhan, where live animals are sold.

Thousands of pangolins are poached every year.

"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.

Since, the coronavirus source is still unknown, we want to do everything in our power to prevent deadly disease outbreaks from spreading.

However, as per Nature, scientists around the world are less sure, but do hope that the still-unpublished study will offer details including where the team found the pangolins with the similar virus.

An Asian palm civet at a cage in Kopi luwak farm and farm at Ubud District Bali Indonesia
An Asian palm civet at a cage in Kopi luwak farm and farm at Ubud District Bali Indonesia

A pangolin resembles a scaly anteater.

A controversial study published earlier this year claimed that snakes could be the intermediate hosts, but the hypothesis was widely refuted, raising questions over the latest claims involving pangolins. Illegal trafficking of pangolins is in widespread for their meat, scales and traditional Chinese medicine.

No less than 31,000 folks had been inflamed and 630 killed via the virus, which has unfold to 2 dozen global locations.

The only way to make sure about where the virus originated out, however, would be to take DNA samples from animals marketed in the Huanan marketplace and out of bats in the region.

Scientists at the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, Guangdong province in southern China, reported findings Friday from research conducted jointly with the People's Liberation Army Academy of Military Science in Beijing and the research department of the Guangdong Zoo.

The death toll from coronavirus has risen to more than 630, with all but two of the deaths in mainland China.

That is because almost all coronaviruses are located in China.

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