Live Animal Markets Should Be Closed to Prevent the Next Pandemic

By Reynard Loki

The exact origin of the coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, which started the COVID-19 pandemic, is still unclear. Early reports suggested that the virus jumped from an animal to a human at Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, a “wet market” that sells live animals. On March 30, the international team of scientists assembled by the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report of their recent visit to Wuhan to investigate the source of the virus and confirmed the “zoonotic source of SARS-CoV-2.”

“Evidence from surveys and targeted studies so far have shown that the coronaviruses most highly related to

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Zoos Take Steps to Prevent Animals from Getting the Coronavirus

American zoos are taking steps to protect their animals from catching the new coronavirus from humans.

The steps include many of the same measures used to slow the spread of the virus in humans. These include social distancing and cleaning shared equipment.

Vaccines have also been used on animals. At the San Diego Zoo, a female orangutan became the first ape in the world to get a coronavirus vaccine in January.

The vaccine was given after a group of gorillas started showing signs of infection and later tested positive for the coronavirus.

The orangutan, named Karen, received two shots of

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OSU researchers are testing animals for SARS-CoV-2 to help prevent future outbreaks

Researchers at OSU have teamed up to look for SARS-CoV-2 in environments outside of humans.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — While we’ve learned a great deal about the virus that causes COVID-19, there is still a lot to learn.

“Having surveillance in place to predict and prevent those future outbreaks is why this project originated,” said Dr. Vanessa Hale, assistant professor of veterinary preventive medicine. “What other animals can get it and can there be a future spillover event? Could there be an animal here in Ohio that could pick up SARS-CoV-2 and keep it in its body and potentially cause

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