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Maximum alert in China (but the fear is spreading rapidly also in the rest of the world) for the presence of the Coronavirus that has already infected about 400 people killing 9. The spread of the pathogen is mainly wet markets.
The situation of Coronavirus infections in China is worrying, the data of which are constantly updated, considering that the virus has already crossed national borders arriving in Japan, Thailand and South Korea (to be affected were people who had just returned from a trip to Wuhan).
And now there is a real risk that the infection will cross the Asian continent as millions of Chinese are preparing to start next week, on the occasion of the Chinese New Year celebrations. For this reason, at all airports there is maximum alert in the control of any symptoms attributable to this virus by passengers.
Why are you so concerned about its spread? The new virus is considered a cousin to what caused SARS, which is severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed nearly 800 people 17 years ago and is potentially equally dangerous as it can trigger a new type of viral pneumonia in the human body, potentially deadly, transmissible from person to person.
The situation is such as to have convinced the WHO to set up an emergency meeting to understand whether to consider the risk of a pandemic as, years ago, it also occurred for Ebola and swine fever.
"The preference for fresh meat from inadequately quarantined or wild animals makes China susceptible to new virus outbreaks through close human and animal contact," said Wang Yuedan, professor of immunology at the School of Basic of the Beijing University of Medical Sciences.
In the following video you can get an idea of the hygiene conditions (and animals) present in the Wuhan market, but the situation is similar throughout China.
It is clear that these markets offer the ideal conditions to trigger contagions of various kinds but, despite this, they remain very popular places and a central part of life in many Chinese cities.
In light of the latest developments, however, the Wuhan Virus Control Commission has decided to close the city's open-air markets, limit the movement of wild animals and public gatherings.
In the meantime, queuing in the Chinese city to buy masks trying to avoid contagion.