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By Diane Jessup
For The Sentinel 

Animal Companion: Retail rescue part 2


March 18, 2020

“Chinese wet market” entered the average American’s vocabulary this past month when speculations as to the origins of the coronavirus COVID-19 received intensive media coverage. But long before COVID-19, the Chinese wet market has had a negative effect on the American dog and dog owner and continues to pose a serious threat to North American wildlife.

Many mammals get coronaviruses, and most are species-specific, however bad things can happen when a virus “jumps” from one species to another, as is the case with three deadly forms of coronavirus, SARS, MERS and now COVID-19. All three of these diseases are thought to have originated in bats, but “jumped” to other animals w...

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