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Tue Feb 25, 2020, 12:51 PM

Coronavirus: The race to find the source in wildlife

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Source: BBC

Somewhere in China, a bat flits across the sky, leaving a trace of coronavirus in its droppings, which fall to the forest floor. A wild animal, possibly a pangolin snuffling for insects among the leaves, picks up the infection from the excrement.

The novel virus circulates in wildlife. Eventually an infected animal is captured, and a person somehow catches the disease, then passes it on to workers at a wildlife market. A global outbreak is born.

Scientists are attempting to prove the truth of this scenario as they work to find wild animals harbouring the virus. Finding the sequence of events is "a bit of a detective story", says Prof Andrew Cunningham of Zoological Society London (ZSL). A range of wild animal species could be the host, he says, in particular bats, which harbour a large number of different coronaviruses.

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The mammals gather in large colonies, fly long distances and are present on every continent. They rarely get sick themselves, but have the opportunity to spread pathogens far and wide. According to Prof Kate Jones of University College London, there is some evidence bats have adapted to the energetic demands of flight and are better at repairing DNA damage. "This might enable them to cope with a higher burden of viruses before getting sick - but this is just an idea at present."

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51496830



I hate Chinese "medicine"!!!!



Using endangered animals, like the pangolin, is simply criminal.

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 12:57 PM

1. Bats purposefully carry a lot of diseases

It makes them poor prey being they can and will kill if eaten.

They know this already.

Why anyone would eat a bat is beyond me!

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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 01:36 PM

2. Article is not about eating bats, but the pangolin acting as a transmitter

Pangolin are being hunted to near extinction . Chinese prize their scales as a medicine and eat them in traditional dishes. The bat shit is on the jungle floor, the pangolin is exposed to it, a hunter kills and then descales the animal for its hide and scales and then sells the flesh as food to another person.

From Wikipedia:

In February 2020, university researchers in China employing genomic sequencing found a 99% match between coronavirus found in pangolins and COVID-19, the virus responsible for the 201920 coronavirus outbreak

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pangolin

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Response to packman (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 01:44 PM

3. Common misconceptions and poor reading comprehension skills Go a long way into

Spreading false narratives. Thanks for your informative comment.

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Response to packman (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 02:09 PM

4. There is a link with bats

and SARS. The civet, a small feline carnivore, feed on bats. The civet was likely a cause of SARS. Infected civets were mostly from one market in China.

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 03:28 PM

5. And this, ladies and gentlemen,

Is why Chinese authorities have been seizing peoples' pet cats and dogs, and putting them down indiscriminately. No relationship shown.

Panicked misinformation is rampant.

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 03:54 PM

6. NPR had an excellent story about researchers in China that have found coronavirus similar to

the one in humans in bats in areas where breakouts have occurred. They used to think intra-species disease spread was rare. They are learning that it is quite common.

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 11:25 PM

7. My brother has ALS

He sent me a video about research done in Guam (I think) where the natives consider bats a delicacy and they have an exponentially higher incidence of ALS than the rest of the world. Something to do with their diets. Nothing to do with coronavirus; just commenting that in some places they are regularly eaten by humans.

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Tue Feb 25, 2020, 11:28 PM

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