The team assembled by the WHO includes a wide range of experts from those focused on animal welfare to virologists aiming to examine the route of zoonotic transmission that (according to Beijing) kicked off the outbreak at a ‘wet market’ in the city of Wuhan, which was not far from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a Biosafety Level 4 facility, that many suspect is the true source of the outbreak. Scientists include Ken Maeda of Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Vietnamese scientist Hung Nguyen (the co-leader of the Animal and Human Health Program.

Though many suspect that the virus infected humans after originally infecting bats, the exact route that the virus took from the animal kingdom to infecting at least 60 million humans.



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