In view of the corona crisis, more and more researchers are calling for a global early warning system for viruses from the animal kingdom. Early detection could prevent similar pandemics in the future, said Prof. Dr. Stephan Ludwig from the University of Münster. It is important to monitor so-called key events such as live or wild animal markets in Asia. The Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus has most likely jumped from animals to humans.
“If more infections are found during routine examinations at live animal markets, the brakes must be put on immediately to stop the rapid spread,” said Ludwig, Director of the Institute for Molecular Virologyblank in Munster. An early warning system could be set up by the World Health Organization or the United Nations.
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Scientists had already mentioned the Corona crisis in the specialist journal in mid-July Science such a Early warning system for viruses from the animal kingdom required. Shortly before, experts from the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) had warned that the exploitation of wildlife and the destruction of ecosystems were becoming ever more common Animal diseases transmitted to humans could become.