Thursday, January 23, 2020
GROSS: Scientists Blame Coronavirus on Bats — In Chinese Province Where Bat Soup Is Served in Restaurants
Scientists in China blamed the deadly coronavirus on bats — a favorite at local restaurants in Wuhan province.
China has confirmed 500 cases of the deadly virus and placed Wuhan under quarantine.
— lovemimikyu (@CarolChan312) January 23, 2020
“Wuhan bat soup”
Uma delicia! pic.twitter.com/67xcAH75e3
— Alejandro. (@alegoldon) January 22, 2020
In 2015 scientists identified bats as natural reservoirs of coronoviruses.
CNN is reporting that snakes may also be to blame for the outbreak.
Snakes — the Chinese krait and the Chinese cobra — may be the original source of the newly discovered coronavirus that has triggered an outbreak of a deadly infectious respiratory illness in China this winter.
The many-banded krait (Bungarus multicinctus), also known as the Taiwanese krait or the Chinese krait, is a highly venomous species of elapid snake found in much of central and southern China and Southeast Asia.
The illness was first reported in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a major city in central China, and has been rapidly spreading. Since then, sick travelers from Wuhan have infected people in China and other countries, including the United States.