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Why do most of the big pandemics such as SARS, H1N1, and COVID-19 originate in China?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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     Experts from around the world have sounded the alarm against Asian so-called “wet-markets” for years. In his 2018 book The End of Epidemics, Dr. Jonathan Quick of the World Health Organization warned against the epidemic potential of wet-markets. As Dr. Quick suggests, regulated livestock like pigs, cows, and chickens are heavily monitored and vaccinated in order to avoid the spread of zoonotic diseases (diseases that jump from animals to humans).

    Some Zoonotic Outbreaks Of The Last 100 years

        1920 – HIV spread from chimpanzees to humans in the Belgian Congo as drug use and sex trafficking became rampant. The disease is thought to have spread across the globe through a French-Canadian flight attendant in the early 1980s.

        1975 – Researchers do not know exactly where Ebola originated from, but the virus is named after the Ebola River in Democratic Republic of the Congo. Bats are believed to have infected mammals like chimpanzees who then infected humans.

        2009 – H1N1 spread from pigs to humans. Swine influenza was first documented in 1998 in the U.S. The 2009 outbreak originated in wet-markets across China.

        2013 – Wild waterfowl initially spread bird flu to poultry livestock. Humans can become contaminated with bird flu through bird feces or undercooked poultry.

        2019 –  COVID-19 emerged in one of many wet-markets in Wuhan, China. The novel-coronavirus spread from bats to pangolins (anteaters) who were then consumed by humans.

    Wet markets generally contain unregulated, wild animals that may have come in contact with diseases. Enter COVID-19, the most widespread epidemic since the Spanish Flu of 1918.

    As the phrase “wet-market” may suggest, food markets in China are a messy place to visit. Each day, thousands of people pack open-air street markets to browse the wide assortment of exotic animals on display. Unregulated animals like pangolins (ant-eaters), reptiles, and bats are piled into crates in small proximity to each other.In most cases, animals in a wet-market are slaughtered on the spot when purchased. As such, the ground becomes soaked in the blood of these pathogen-carrying, exotic animals. To put it plainly, viruses and wet-markets are a match made in heaven. When humans eat these contaminated animals, there is a high probability that the virus will infect them. SARS, MERS, H1N1, and COVID-19 all originated from unsanitary wet-markets.

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    • skeptik
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      Based on genomic studies of the pathogen, 2009-H1N1 almost certainly did NOT cross over into humans in China.
      Nor do most of the infections mentioned come from eating infected meat.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Because the Chinese are disgusting unsanitary people

    • Lucifer
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      1 month agoReport

      Errr, so viruses choose when and where they will mutate? Dumb, dumb, dumb.

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  • 2 months ago

    Simple mathematics.

    Huge population with massive intensive animal agriculture industry. 

    The evolution of viruses is accelerated by allowing close contact between animals so billions and billions of virus mutations can occur until one can jump species and infect humans. 

    Add in poor animal husbandry and people living more or less side by side with their animals and you got yourself a Pandemic 

    The fact is these viruses can occur anywhere and even evolve in nature. 

    It's just a much higher probability of them occurring in China for the reasons stated above. 

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  • Tom V
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Because China has one-fifth of the population of the world, so it is probably that human viruses are more likely to emerge there.

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  • 2 months ago

    H1N1 was first found in Mexico and H1N2 was first seen in North America.

    Ebola originated in Africa.

    • Lucifer
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      1 month agoReport

      MERS Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.... Camels,

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  • L.N.
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Animals kept in unsanitary, cramped conditions mostly. Farming practices that put fowl, swine and humans is close proximity. In general, just generic filthiness that makes it easier for viruses to mutate and jump between species.

    • Lucifer
      Lv 6
      1 month agoReport

      Oh thank you for that. So you have absolutely no understanding of viruses or mutations.

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  • 2 months ago

    At this point, what difference does it make?

    • 2 months agoReport

      Okay, Hillary. Whatever you say.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Pneumonic plagues, hantaviruses, etc aIso come from Asia. lt's because they're dirty. Everyone in Asia literally spits and coughs everywhere like they're trying to kiII someone. They have such a bizarre culture that they often cough on strangers on purpose as an insuIt. They aIso eat raw meats and other dangerous foods very commonly. Being cramped in overpopuIated cities, shared bathrooms, and Iow hygiene standards don't help.

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    • Lv 4
      1 month agoReport

      Lucifer... do you just not know how viruses spread? Lmao. Coughing and spitting everywhere is how it spread. Also doesn't heIp that it jumped from exotic animals to humans. Who else in the world eats things like that? It wouldn't have happened anywhere else.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Because you are cherry picking, the Spanish flu for example is thought to have originated in the US.

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  • a2yar
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    More people and travel

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Wet markets. The savages have a taste for bush meat of endangered species.

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    • Lucifer
      Lv 6
      1 month agoReport

      Errr...... Eating meat doesn't cause viruses and you don't catch viruses from cooked meat. It is 100% the luck of the draw whether a virus mutates or not. And, in any event, chickens are a primary source of virus mutations passed to man.

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