As China continues to battle the deadly coronavirus, a strict ban on the consumption and farming of wild animals has been issued across China. This comes in the wake of the deadly coronavirus infections which is believed to have started at a wildlife market in Wuhan.
Although it is unclear which animal transferred the Coronavirus to humans; bat, snake and pangolin have all been linked as possible transmitters of the deadly Coronavirus
The coronavirus outbreak has so far claimed over 3,000 lives with more that 90,000 being infected.
China has admitted that it needs to bring its lucrative wildlife industry under control if it is to prevent another outbreak.
The Wuhan market was not unusual. Across mainland China, hundreds of similar markets offer a wide range of wild animals for a range of purposes. CNN has reported.
Wild animals have played a major role in fields such as medicine, clothing, ornaments and even have been kept as pets
“These animals have their own viruses,” said Hong Kong University virologist professor Leo Poon. “These viruses can jump from one species to another species, then that species may become an amplifier, which increases the amount of virus in the wet market substantially.”
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In 2003, selling of snakes and civets, mongoose-type creatures, was banned after being linked to transmission of SARS virus to humans, this policy, however, never succeeded.
In Africa countries are on a high alert following reports of confirmed cases in some countries. So far Senegal,Naigeria,Tunisia Algeria and Egypt have confirmed cases with South Africa being the latest.
In Kenya the Ministry of health has assured Kenyans that they are well prepare to handle Coronavirus cases should they arise. so far there is no confirmed case in Kenya.