A new outbreak of a mysterious Coronavirus that originated in China's Wuhan has raised numerous fears, as medical professionals and scientists are struggling to find out the origin of the virus. Some scientists in China have reportedly suggested that the Coronavirus could have originated from fruit bats. A recent video has surfaced of a woman eating a bat in what appears to be a bat soup despite the possible link to the new coronavirus spreading through China.
The video that was first shared on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo. The video shows a young woman holding a bat between chopsticks and nibbling on the creature. People can be heard talking in Mandarin in the background trying to help instruct her on how to eat the bat. One person says to eat the meat but not to eat the skin while another tells her to eat the meat on the bat's back.
#ChinaPneumonia —— @Dystopia - #HongKong is NOT China (@Dystopia992) January 23, 2020
TERRIFYING #bat-eating Chinese woman..
Back in 2003, the GLOBAL outbreak of #SARS killed more than 8,000 people. #Bat, civet cats are believed to be the origin of #virus 🦠.#WuhanCoronavirus #coronavirus #China #WuhanPneumonia 🇨🇳pic.twitter.com/xZqGlkU44d
According to a Chinese local media outlet, the Wuhan coronavirus' natural host could be bats. However, they also mention that the exact source is still not confirmed. Other reports suggest that the coronavirus, which has already infected hundreds of people and reportedly killed 17 people, is now believed to be originated from Chinese Krait and the Chinese cobra. The scientist now reportedly said that the original source of the virus is a snake, more specifically, the Taiwanese Krait or the Chinese Krait which is a highly venomous species of elapid snake found in much of central and southern China and Southeast Asia.
It was WHO which confirmed several cases of a novel coronavirus outside China, which is of the same family as the deadly SARS virus. The UN health agency had said that the person travelling from Wuhan, China was hospitalised in Thailand and is recovering from the illness. According to the organisation, novel coronavirus is a new strain in the large family of coronaviruses (CoV) which was not identified in humans before.
CoV can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). CoV is zoonotic which means such viruses transmit between animals and humans.