[The weird eating of the Chinese is clearly the issue. Jan]
The deadly coronavirus outbreak in China could have spread from bats to humans through the illegal traffic of pangolins, the world’s only scaly mammals, which are prized in Asia for food and medicine, Chinese researchers said.
The pangolin is one of Asia’s most trafficked mammals, although protected by international law, because its meat is considered a delicacy in countries such as China and its scales are used in traditional medicine, the World Wildlife Fund says.
The coronavirus outbreak is believed to have started in a market in the city of Wuhan, in central Hubei province that also sold live wild animals [File: Kham/Reuters] Source: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/cloneofchina-coronavirus-outbreak-latest-updates-200206231352529.html