The World Health Organization on Tuesday referred to as for a halt to the sale of dwell wild mammals in meals markets to forestall the emergence of new illnesses.
The WHO mentioned that whereas conventional markets play a central function in offering meals and livelihoods for big populations, banning the sale of dwell wild mammals might shield the well being of market employees and consumers alike.
It mentioned some of the earliest recognized circumstances of Covid-19 had a hyperlink to a wholesale conventional meals market in Wuhan in China, with many of the preliminary sufferers stall homeowners, market staff or common guests to the market.
The interim steerage was drawn up alongside the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
“The steerage calls on nations to droop the sale of captured dwell wild mammals in meals markets as an emergency measure,” the WHO mentioned.
“Animals, notably wild animals, are the supply of greater than 70 % of all rising infectious illnesses in people, many of that are attributable to novel viruses. Wild mammals, in explicit, pose a threat for the emergence of new illnesses,” it mentioned.
“Traditional markets, the place dwell animals are held, slaughtered and dressed, pose a selected threat for pathogen transmission to employees and clients alike,” mentioned the steerage.
It additionally referred to as on governments to shut sections of meals markets promoting dwell wild mammals until enough threat assessments had been in place.
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