After conducting genetic analysis of the new coronavirus, which caused an epidemic in China, scientists called the most likely source of snake meat, which was sold on the market in Wuhan. This was stated in a study published January 22 in the Journal of Medical Virology.
It is noted that the new coronavirus 2019-nCoV registered at the end of December 2019 is a combination of coronavirus found in bats, with another unknown coronavirus, the result of which was transmitted to humans from snakes. Chinese scientists have said that the body of these reptiles recombination of viral protein, after which 2019-nCoV was able to transmit from snake to human.
The authors of the study added that the carriers of the virus were snakes such as ribbon edge and cobra, which often hunt bats. It was these kinds of snakes that were sold at Wuhan City market.
In addition, the scientists stressed that after the outbreak of 2019-nCoV market was disinfected and closed, making it difficult to track the source of the new coronavirus. However, the results obtained during the study are extremely important for the development of a vaccine against this virus.
On 23 January, it was reported that the number of people infected with the new type of coronavirus throughout China exceeded 600 and the death toll is still 17.
An outbreak of viral pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was recorded in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Most cases were detected in this city, so it was isolated “under quarantine”. In addition, a number of cases were also reported in Australia, Thailand, Japan, South Korea and the USA.