Étiqueté : Marché de gros de fruits de mer de Huanan

Une femme passe devant le marché aux animaux de Huanan à Wuhan, le 12 janvier 2020, après sa fermeture en raison de la découverte du coronavirus. © Noël Celis, AFP 0

The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan was the early epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic

Understanding how severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) emerged in 2019 is critical to preventing zoonotic outbreaks before they become the next pandemic. The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China, was identified as a likely source of cases in early reports but later this conclusion became controversial. We show the earliest known COVID-19 cases from December 2019, including those without reported direct links, were geographically centered on this market. We report that live SARS-CoV-2 susceptible mammals were sold at the market in late 2019 and, within the market, SARS-CoV-2-positive environmental samples were spatially associated with vendors selling live mammals. While there is insufficient evidence to define upstream events, and exact circumstances remain obscure, our analyses indicate that the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 occurred via the live wildlife trade in China, and show that the Huanan market was the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Screenshot from a video interview of Gao Fu, director of China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention, with Phoenix Television, May 25, 2020 © CGTN 0

[Chine] Official: Wuhan seafood market may be the victim of the coronavirus

No coronavirus has been detected in animal samples collected from the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, said Gao Fu, director of China’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who visited Wuhan in person in early January to investigate the outbreak.The market had been thought by some as the origin of the virus and the epidemic in China.

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