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WHO urges halt to sale of live wild animals in food markets

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a halt to the sale of live wild mammals in food...

👤 H K Badal13 April 2021 2:43 PM GMT
WHO urges halt to sale of live wild animals in food markets
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a halt to the sale of live wild mammals in food markets to prevent the emergence of new diseases.

The WHO said on Apr 13 that while traditional markets play a central role in providing food and livelihoods for large populations, banning the sale of live wild mammals could protect the health of market workers and shoppers alike.

It said some of the earliest known cases of COVID-19 were linked to a wholesale traditional food market in Wuhan in China, with many of the initial patients stall owners, market employees or regular visitors to the market.

The coronavirus's origins more than a year ago have been the source of intense speculation, much of it centred 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.