terrorizing China may have been bred from an unsanitary combination of snakes and bats.esearchers have speculated that the deadly Wuhan virus currently
The pneumonia-causing coronavirus is believed to have originated from the Huanan Seafood Market in the Hubei capital of Wuhan after it was found that the first victims of the virus last month all visited the market.
However, the exact source of the virus remains unknown with experts being left spoilt for choice by the wide assortment of live animals that were on sale at the wet market, which was not known for its attention to cleanliness.
A team of researchers, though, believe that they may have found the culprit, or should we say culprits, in snakes and bats.
According to the study, published on Wednesday in the Journal of Medical Virology, Peking University scientists compared the genomes of five samples of the virus to similar viruses collected from a range of species.
They determined that the virus looks similar to a strain found in bats but even more similar to snakes, speculating that the virus may have passed from bats to snakes to humans in the market.
You should take this hypothesis with a grain of salt for the moment as many more tests need to be done. However, we would generally recommend avoiding contact with both snakes and bats for the time being. SARS, by the way, was eventually traced back to horseshoe bats.