On Tuesday, the World Health Organization called on the countries of the world to stop selling live wild animals, “live mammals,” in animal markets. Because it is the source of more than 70% of all infectious diseases emerging in humans, most of which are caused by new viruses.
The organization said, in a joint statement with the World Organization for Animal Health and the United Nations Environment Program, that selling these animals on the market threatens the transmission of new infectious diseases to humans.
In a related context, the organization explained that the Corona virus is ranked second in viruses that have a strong potential for transmission from animals to humans, while the “Lassa” virus comes first, and “Ebola” third.
The organization indicated that the transmission of Corona infection to humans from animals is one of the hypotheses most likely by experts commissioned by the United Nations to check the origin of the virus.