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Coronaviruses accumulate in the wild animal food chain

In a fascinating new study, just published, researchers from WCS have identified that coronaviruses accumulate in wild animals the further along the supply chain they are from the field to the restaurant.

Wildlife still forms a huge part of the diet of many people all around the world, but since COVID-19 there has been a renewed focus on the risk to human health from eating wild animals. This study demonstrates that the trade in wildlife amplifies the risk of disease.
Farmed and domestic animals are also major sources or vectors for disease, look at MERS, avian flu, swine flu, and many others. There must be an urgent review of the way we treat animals, both wild and domestic, if we are to mitigate the risk of another pandemic.

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