New research shows that pangolin may be the host that spread the corona virus, causing the Covid-19 epidemic worldwide.
In the early days of the disease caused by the new strain of corona virus, many scientific reports suggested that bats brought the virus to humans. However, recent studies show that the virus may have been transmitted by another species of wildlife: Pangolin.
According to a study of the Malaysian pangolin published in the scientific journal Nature, the virus may have been transmitted from bat to pangolin before being transmitted to humans.
We have found viruses directly related to SARS-CoV-2 virus in pangolin strains originating from Malaysia (Manis javanica). These individuals were seized from illegal wildlife transport lines in southern China.
“Detection of some strains of pangolin virus and similarity to SARS-CoV-2 virus suggest that pangolin can be listed as new hosts of coronavirus and should be removed from markets. wildlife, “the authors conclude in a scientific report.
In a March 2 statement, the Asia-Pacific offices of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said they welcomed the decision to ban wildlife meat consumption and stop trafficking. selling unregulated wildlife by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee – China’s highest legislative body.
According to WWF, the emergence and spread of Covid-19 and similar diseases caused by corona virus such as SARS, MERS in the past decade show the dangers of trading and consuming dynamic products. wildlife for public health.
Although China is the largest market for wildlife products in the world, with the situation of Covid-19 infection continuing to be complicated, WWF said that the actions of one country is not enough.
The executives of WWF offices in the Asia-Pacific region called on governments from East Asia and Southeast Asia to follow China, enacting a permanent ban on the consumption and trade of wildlife. wild.
Southeast Asia is famous as a supplier of wildlife products as well as a transshipment of these products to the Chinese market.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says about 70% of the global infections detected in the last 50 years originated from wildlife, among which include diseases such as SARS, MERS, HIV or The latest is Covid-19.