April 13th local time, the World Health Organization, the World Organization for Animal Health and the United Nations Environment Programme issued interim guidelines calling on countries to suspend the sale of live wild mammals on food markets to reduce the public health risks posed by them.
According to the guide, more than 70% of emerging human infectious diseases come from animals, especially wild animals, many of which are caused by new viruses. Wild mammals can cause new diseases, and when they enter the market, people can’t check whether they carry dangerous viruses.
People are at risk of direct infection if they come into contact with saliva, blood, urine, feces or other body fluids from infected animals. Prohibiting the sale of such animals can protect people’s health.