The West Blames the Wuhan Coronavirus on China ’s Love of Eating Wild Animals. The Truth Is More Complex
This reporter was once served slices of sashimi still attached to the carcass of a gasping fish.) Eating wild animals is also considered a luxury because of their rarity and cost, much like game is in the West. Some practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine also believe that eating exotic creatures can cure certain ailments and boost “male potency.” “This is just part of Chinese culture,” says Yanzhong Huang, a public heath expert at the Council for Foreign Relations. “They love to eat anything alive.” Wild animals are, of course, especially problematic because their murky provenience makes it difficult to ensure they are free of disease. For this very reason, health campaigns in Africa warn people against the consumption of “bush meat,” which has been linked to the spread of countless diseases, including HIV/Aids. However, Adam Kamradt-Scott, associate professor specializing in global health security at the University of Sydney, says this way of thinking is often flawed. While scientists first thought that Ebola started with the consumption of bat meat in a village of south-eastern Guinea, they now believe that the two-year-old girl known as Child Zero was likely infected via bat droppings that contaminated an object she put in her mouth. MERS was also primarily spread from live camels to humans through association, rather than the eating of camel meat. “It’s not simply a matter of the consumption of exotic anim...
Publication date: April 2020Source: Aquatic Toxicology, Volume 221Author(s): A. Barreto, A. Carvalho, A. Campos, H. Osório, E. Pinto, A. Almeida, T. Trindade, A.M.V.M. Soares, K. Hylland, S. Loureiro, M. OliveiraAbstractDespite the widespread use of nanoparticles (NPs), there are still major gaps of knowledge regarding the impact of nanomaterials in the environment and aquatic animals. The present work aimed to study the effects of 7 and 40 nm gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) – citrate and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) coated – on the liver proteome of the estuarine/marine fish gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata)...
Publication date: Available online 17 February 2020Source: Journal of Hazardous MaterialsAuthor(s): Lanjun Wang, Jinhua Wang, Jun Wang, Lusheng Zhu, Jeremy L. Conkle, Rui YangAbstractComposted livestock and poultry manure, which may contain antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs), is widely used as natural fertilizer in China. But the influence of soil types on ARGs is not well characterized, particularly at greenhouse sites with long-term manure application. We investigated the distribution of ARGs in the cinnamon, fluvo-aquic and saline-alkali soils in greenhouse of Yellow River Delta region, China. A total of 193 ARGs subtyp...
Liu Zhiming is the eighth frontline health-care worker to die from COVID-19, and hundreds more have been infected.
ConclusionSurgery is cost-effective in the simulations for both China and the USA at WTP thresholds of $9633.1 and $62,517.5, respectively.
There are several practical points critical care professionals need to know to be prepared in the face of this rapidly evolving outbreak, speakers said at the Critical Care Congress.Medscape Medical News
Publication date: March 2020Source: Revista Clínica Española (English Edition), Volume 220, Issue 2Author(s): J. Ena, R.P. Wenzel
Nine infants younger than 1 were infected with COVID-19 and hospitalized in China between early December and early February. All infected infants had at least one family member infected with COVID-19.Medscape Medical News
Four members of same family die during self-quarantine at centre of outbreak in WuhanA Chinese film director, his sister, mother and father have all died from the coronavirus, the latest high-profile victims of the disease in Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak.Chang Kai, 55, died on 14 February. His parents died over the previous two weeks, after the family spent days together in self-quarantine, the Chinese magazineCaixin reported. Chang ’s sister died hours after he did, and his wife is in a serious condition.Continue reading...
Under careful watch of the World Health Organization, doctors will test a range of COVID-19 therapies, including HIV and flu antivirals, blood plasma infusions, and traditional Chinese medicines.
There were no doctors, nurses or medical equipment at the Wuhan hotel converted into a temporary quarantine facility for suspected coronavirus patients when brothers Wang Xiangkai and Wang Xiangyou arrived two weeks ago.Reuters Health Information
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