Zoonosis at the Huanan Seafood Market: A Critique


October 9, 2022 Journal article Open Access

Zoonosis at the Huanan Seafood Market: A Critique

Zhang, Daoyu; orcid.png Demaneuf, Gilles; orcid.png Jones, Adrian; Massey, Steven E; orcid.png Quay, Steven; orcid.png Deigin, Yuri; orcid.png Nemzer, Louis
Here we review data supporting a zoonosis hypothesis at the Huanan Seafood Market (HSM). We undertake statistical analysis of case locations and wildlife stall locations. We additionally analyze environmental sampling and review the likelyhood of susceptible animals being present in Wuhan, and only Wuhan of all locations in China. We find insufficient data to support a zoonosis hypothesis and instead conclude that the most likely scenario is that an infected person brought SARS-CoV-2 to the HSM, sparking a superspreader event.

Jonathan Latham, PhD
Executive Director
The Bioscience Resource Project,
Ithaca, NY 14850 USA


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