The source of the coronavirus is believed to be a "wet market" in Wuhan which sold both dead and live animals including fish and birds.
These markets pose a high risk of viruses jumping from animals to humans if live animals are being kept and butchered on site.
The original host is thought to be bats but bats were not sold at the Wuhan market but may have infected live chickens or other animals sold there.
Bats are host to a wide range of zoonotic viruses including Ebola, HIV and rabies.
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