Quoted from Frax:
Are you trying to imply that it was engineered? Othewise...I'm pretty sure that evolution and natural selection (or God if you believe in that) did this one to us, not China.
Not at all. What I am saying is that is now widely accepted this likely originated at a Chinese wild animal wet market. Many don't know that SARS originated from these same type of markets back in the early 2000's. At the time, China's government banned all the those markets as it spread in China and other parts of Asia and the world.
Fortunately, SARS only spread when it was symptomatic so coupled with the fact few Chinese tourists and business people had money to travel back them, it died out fairly quickly.
After the SARS scare passed, China's government allowed the markets to reopen completely unregulated again over time in spite of the precedent and risk of animal to human transmission of some of these viruses and diseases.
This is why I say China's government has been negligent and bears some responsibility here. I'm not trying to be insensitive as some might argue those markets are part of their culture and belief in ancient Chinese medicinal benefits to eating these animals.
I really dont care, however, as China is now part of the global economic community and the world interconnected more than ever via business and tourism air travel. As a result, they have a responsibility to their own people and the world to stop these markets permanently and better regulate food and safety in their country. This didnt need to happen if China had acknowledged the danger and shut them down permanently after the SARS outbreak