China will “very likely” have another coronavirus pandemic as humans encroach on the territory of bats, a study suggests.
The country tops the list of several “hotspots” identified by scientists where the spread of the new deadly virus is “ripe”.
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They fear that diseases can easily be transmitted from bats to humans because the increased demand for meat products has prompted industrial livestock farming.
Forest fragmentation, agricultural expansion and livestock production are putting us in close contact with horseshoe bats – which are known to carry zoonotic diseases, including COVID-19.
The organisms also carry SARS-CoV-2, MERS and CoV Ebola.
Researchers believe concentrated livestock production is a recipe for disaster because it brings in large populations of genetically identical, often immune-suppressed animals, which are highly vulnerable to disease outbreaks.
Other major global hotspots outside China include the Indonesian island of Java, Bhutan, eastern Nepal, northern Bangladesh, the Indian state of Kerala and northeastern India.
But on the list of potential ‘danger areas’ – some “coldspots” that are at risk of overheating – are regions of southern China, Thailand, France and even the UK.
Experts have downplayed the risk of global changes in land use by humans.
The study, published in Nature, was carried out by a team from the University of California, Berkeley, the Polytechnic University of Milan, and New Zealand’s Massey University.
They analyzed land use patterns across the range of the horseshoe bat – which runs from western Europe to Southeast Asia.
Forest fragmentation, human settlement and agriculture and livestock production were compared with known horseshoe habitat to establish potential hotspots.
These were places where habitat is favorable to species of bats in the horseshoe family and where viruses can jump from animals to humans.
Study co-author Maria Cristina Rulli at the Polytechnic University of Milan said: “[We’re] Uncovering both the areas that may be suitable for spillover and the types of land use changes that can induce hot spot activation.
“We hope that these results may be useful for identifying region-specific targeted interventions needed to increase resilience to coronavirus spillover.”
Researchers previously linked forest fragmentation and habitat destruction in Africa to an Ebola virus outbreak in a 2017 study.
It is still not known where SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes Covid-19 – originated.
Theories of a possible laboratory leak were initially dismissed by many as “conspiracy theory”, but circumstantial evidence is now mounting as US President Joe Biden ordered a “double investigation”.
British intelligence now considers the idea that the virus leak from a laboratory in Wuhan, China in late 2019 is “viable”.
It upgraded Prospect from “remote” last month, reports The Sunday Times.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) specializes in bat coronaviruses, and its BSL-4 labs are the only areas in the world where scientists are allowed to study diseases that have no cure.
A researcher from the institute claimed The fangs went through his rubber gloves “like a needle” While collecting samples in a cave full of infected bats.
‘Wet markets are a threat’
The lab is located just a stone’s throw from the Huanan Seafood Market, where the virus was first detected.
This has led many to speculate that Covid originated from a poorly regulated market where live animals are sold.
Experts and campaigners last week warned of a mix of the ongoing spread of The Sun Online wet market In China, potentially risky laboratory research, and a lack of transparency All could potentially lead to another pandemic.
Dr. Roland Weisendanger, a German scientist from the University of Hamburg, said: “Wet markets remain a threat.
“However, risky biotech research with highly pathogenic viruses and the creation of new chimeric viruses with increased transmission capabilities to humans and high mortality rates pose an even more serious threat.”
The Communist Party is under increasing pressure to learn from the pandemic and come clean – but Beijing is trying to shift the blame.
China He has long been accused of trying to hide or distort his role in the Kovid story.
Chinese officials and the lab itself deny all allegations.
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British MPs are Demand for fresh investigation continues, after the first call when I spoke to The Sun Online in January.
Tin Tugendhat MP, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, said: “The silence coming from Wuhan is disturbing. We need to open the crypt and see what happened to be able to defend ourselves in the future.
“That means launching an investigation into partners around the world and the WHO.”
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