Coronavirus: Why infections from animals are such a deadly problem
THE new coronavirus is the latest example of a disease that jumped from animals into humans. When infections do this they can be deadly – and 2019-nCoV is no exception.
Nearly all viruses and bacteria that infect other organisms are completely harmless to people. But a tiny proportion can infect us and cause so-called zoonotic diseases, which come from animals rather than other people.
“Zoonotic diseases can be so deadly because we have no pre-existing immunity to them”
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