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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 79-80

Ensuring prevention of transmission of corona virus disease 2019 from animals to humans


1 Member of the Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV)—Deemed to be University, Nellikuppam, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu.
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DOI: 10.4103/mgmj.MGMJ_35_20

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The details about the origin of the Corona Virus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) outbreak is still not clear and there are multiple gaps which needs to be bridged to prevent the re-introduction of the virus in the future. It has been hypothesized that bats were the ecological reservoir, while the transmission of the virus to humans has been via an intermediate animal host, which is not yet recognized. It is of paramount importance to prevent the probability of disease transmission from animal hosts to human, either in live animal markets or where animal products are sold. Moreover, the safety of the people working in these markets as employees or vendors are also extremely important. In conclusion, the pace with which COVID-19 pandemic is spreading, it becomes extremely important to ensure that all forms of transmission from animals to humans in the future should be discouraged. This will essentially require counseling of the workers and buyers about the do's and don'ts in animal market and better supervision of the ongoing activities.


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