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WHO Urges Pause in Market Sale of Captured Live Wild Animals

WHO Urges Pause in Market Sale of Captured Live Wild Animals

Tuesday, 13 April, 2021 - 09:15

The .N health agency is calling on countries to suspend the sale of live animals captured from the wild in food markets as an emergency measure, saying wild animals are a leading source of emerging infectious diseases like the coronavirus.


The World Health Organization issued new guidance on Tuesday saying that animals — particularly wild animals — “are the source of more than 70 percent of all emerging infectious diseases in humans, many of which are caused by novel viruses.”


The coronavirus’s origins more than a year ago have been the source of intense speculation, much of it centered around the likelihood that it was carried by bats and passed to humans through an intermediary species sold as food or medicine in traditional Chinese wet markets.


The pandemic first appeared in the city of Wuhan, China.


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