Coronavirus caused by eating bats and snakes in China

  • PublishedJanuary 29, 2020

The transmission of Coronavirus from animals to humans may have been caused by consuming bats and snakes in Wuhan City in China. This is according to studies conducted and published in the Journal of Medical Virology.

“Many patients were potentially exposed to wildlife at the Huanan seafood wholesale market, where poultry, snake, bats and other farm animals were also sold,” the journal says.


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The study concludes that the snake is the most likely animal to store the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and aid in the cross-species transmission from snakes to humans. Furthermore, 132 people have died from Coronavirus in China and there are about 6000 confirmed cases.

As the world gears itself to fight the Coronavirus that has spread to 19 countries now, videos of people believed to be Chinese consuming live rats and fried bats have surfaced online. They are being shared under the trending hashtag #CoronavirusKenya. Viewer discretion is advised.


if you still wondering how it started in china here you go #CoronaVirusKenya pic.twitter.com/f1AvOezXlX

— AkA josto (@Just_usJuma) January 29, 2020


The Coronavirus started in Wuhan City, Hubei province of China. Some of the residents started experiencing pneumonia-like and other symptoms resembling those of common cold. Consequently, Chinese authorities quickly notified WHO they had discovered a new virus, Coronavirus, which was plaguing their people on 7th January 2020.


Chinese Bat 🦇 Soup, nowonder why China is the Epicenter of #coronavirus #CoronaVirusKenya pic.twitter.com/tP1ULBVZx3

— Lazooj (@Lazooj) January 29, 2020

The virus has spread to other countries with at least 5 confirmed cases in the United States. Moreover, countries such as Canada, Australia, France, Japan and Germany have confirmed cases of coronavirus

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#CoronaVirusKenya Viewers discretion is advised. #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/qtn6oGioAc

— Lazooj (@Lazooj) January 29, 2020


There are fears that a student who travelled to Kenya from China on 27th January may be infected. The lad left Wuhan City in China and after landing at JKIA. Subsequently, he was tested and found to have a fever. Consequently, he was placed in KNH’s infectious disease unit and tests are underway.

Studies are still being conducted to understand this virus more.

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