A group of top US lawmakers have urged China to immediately close the wet markets as that has the potential to spread zoonotic disease. A wet market is a place where fresh meat, fish, produce, and other perishable goods.
In a letter to Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai, the senators wrote, “We write to urgently request that China immediately close all operating wet markets that have a potential to expose humans to health risks through the introduction of zoonotic disease into the human population,”
Zoonotic disease is an illness that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Last year in December, the same kind of wet market in Wuhan was responsible for being the source of the coronavirus pandemic. The deadly virus was also passed from animals to humans.
“It is well documented that wet markets in China have been the source of a number of worldwide health problems, and their operation should cease immediately so as to protect the Chinese people and the international community from additional health risks,” the senators wrote.
“Therefore, we are urging China to shut down all wet markets that allow for interactions between humans and wild animals that pose public health risks,” the lawmakers concluded.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health, also urged to close these markets. “ I think that there are certain countries in which this is very commonplace. I would like to see the rest of the world really lean with a lot of pressure on those countries that have that because what we are going through right now is a direct result of that,” Fauci said.