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The new Chinese coronavirus may have been lurking in animals for decades, a leading expert has said.


Sir Jeremy Farrar, a renowned specialist in infectious disease epidemics, said the virus isn't new but has likely adapted to infect humans. 


Officials say the never-before-seen infection emerged from an animal source, much like the deadly SARS, HIV and Ebola viruses. 



Authorities have pointed the blame on food markets in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak that scientists are scrambling to contain. 

 

Rodents and bats among other animals are slaughtered and sold in traditional 'wet markets', which tourists flock to see the 'real' side of the country. 


Viruses including ones carried by animals are constantly changing and may over time become strong enough to infect humans.   


People who touch infected animal bodily fluids, such as saliva, are at risk of such viruses. However, it is not exactly clear how the new coronavirus started or is transmitted yet.



Sir Jeremy, director of the UK-based global health charity Wellcome, said: 'This is absolutely not a brand new virus.


'This will have been circulating in animals in China and maybe other parts of Asia, probably for years... if not decades.'



He added that it probably hadn't had an effect on humans until now, or caused such mild infections that 'no-one was bothered about' it. 




But Sir Jeremy said 'something changed', claiming the virus may have adapted to animals or mutated to become infectious to humans. 


Officials in China confirmed yesterday that the virus, which has still not been named but is nicknamed nCoV, can spread between humans. 


Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk

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Coronavirus May Have Been Lurking in Animals for Decades

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The new Chinese coronavirus may have been lurking in animals for decades, a leading expert has said.


Sir Jeremy Farrar, a renowned specialist in infectious disease epidemics, said the virus isn't new but has likely adapted to infect humans. 


Officials say the never-before-seen infection emerged from an animal source, much like the deadly SARS, HIV and Ebola viruses. 



Authorities have pointed the blame on food markets in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak that scientists are scrambling to contain. 

 

Rodents and bats among other animals are slaughtered and sold in traditional 'wet markets', which tourists flock to see the 'real' side of the country. 


Viruses including ones carried by animals are constantly changing and may over time become strong enough to infect humans.   


People who touch infected animal bodily fluids, such as saliva, are at risk of such viruses. However, it is not exactly clear how the new coronavirus started or is transmitted yet.



Sir Jeremy, director of the UK-based global health charity Wellcome, said: 'This is absolutely not a brand new virus.


'This will have been circulating in animals in China and maybe other parts of Asia, probably for years... if not decades.'



He added that it probably hadn't had an effect on humans until now, or caused such mild infections that 'no-one was bothered about' it. 




But Sir Jeremy said 'something changed', claiming the virus may have adapted to animals or mutated to become infectious to humans. 


Officials in China confirmed yesterday that the virus, which has still not been named but is nicknamed nCoV, can spread between humans. 


Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk

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