Scientists identify pangolin as possible coronavirus host

MNAInternationalPangolins a potential intermediate host of novel coronavirus study By Xinhua News Agency

MNAInternationalPangolins a potential intermediate host of novel coronavirus study By Xinhua News Agency

"Once the demand in China goes down, poaching and smuggling here in Nepal will also decline". It originated in bats as well.

According to District Forest Office Kathmandu, 1,798 body parts of 10 wildlife species destined for China were confiscated in the last eight years.

The new virus is believed to have originated in bats, but researchers have suggested there could have been an "intermediate host" in the transmission to humans.

"I could definitely believe it may be true", Kristian Andersen, an immunologist at Scripps Research, told Nature.

A pangolin resembles a scaly anteater.

Pangolins are among Asia's most-trafficked animals, with an estimated one million of the armored creatures snatched from Asian and African forests in the past decade despite specific protections under worldwide law.

In China, illegal animal trading is punishable by steep fines and jail time. This can lead to a zoonotic spillover, or a "jump" of the virus from non-human animals to humans.

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.

"Many theories abound", he said.

"We would have to look at all genetic data to get a feel for how related the viruses are to humans and pangolin, and to understand how common these viruses are in pangolines and whether they are sold in the Wuhan Wet or not in markets.", he said.

Researchers traced SARS to a population of horseshoe bats in China's Yunnan province.

No less than 31,000 folks had been inflamed and 630 killed via the virus, which has unfold to 2 dozen global locations. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Bats have been considered the latest carriers of the disease.

Here is how a few of the viruses which have passed out of bats to individuals at the past 50 decades compare.

A group of researchers from South China Agricultural University and Lingnan Guangdong Laboratory of Modern Agriculture announced on Friday that they have made a breakthrough in tracing potential intermediate hosts of the novel coronavirus. Firstly, a permanent ban on wildlife trade, in China, and around the world, is the only solution.

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