Chinese CDC confirms SARS-CoV-2 presence in Wuhan wet market


Researchers from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) have published a peer-reviewed analysis of swabs collected at a wet market in Wuhan, China, in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. The study confirms that swabs from the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market contained genetic material from wild animals and tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. However, the latest findings still fall short of providing definitive proof that SARS-CoV-2 originated from an animal-to-human spillover event. The publication of the genomic data, which has been deposited on open repositories, is crucial for further analysis that could offer clues about the pandemic’s origin.


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