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UCCE Research and Workshops in San Benito, Monterey, and Santa Cruz Counties
Rounding up cattle
by Charlotte
on May 21, 2020 at 7:18 PM
I was a corporate industrial nurse for a large corporation. I was sent to wuhan China twice in a 5 year period. I witnessed the population wearing PPE and was suffering respiratory illness. I visited a feed lot while there on assignment and visited the laboratory researching SARS. I had resigned from my position about 4 months after that assignment. After an additional 3 months had passed (7 mos) I went to an ER with complaints of respiratory symptoms. The ER physician diagnosed SARS. I was prescribed medication and sent home to care for myself and was ill for 2 weeks until symptom free. I'm inquiring about this suspicion of bats causing this virus. If this could be so... is there evidence of bat saliva or bite mark to indicate the infected cattle were bitten? I know China has huge pig farms all over the US and foreign countries that utilize lagoons for feces to run off into and dispose of the lagoon waters to fertilize fields. People in N. Carolina have history of becoming I'll and reported deaths from the lagoons. China use the farms owned by N.Carolina farmers and become wealthy while the farmers have to put up with the liability and regulation of the waste. Is it possible the livestock are infected by the contamination of waste and sent to feedlots after contamination? It's my understanding the lagoons are contaminated with bovinecorona. Is this a possible way humans can contract corona?
by Devii R. Rao
on June 14, 2020 at 1:47 PM
Thank you very much for your comments. Here's the response from Gaby Maier, the author of the article. "As explained in the article, the bovine coronavirus and the virus causing Covid19 are two distinct viruses, they are not the same virus. They belong to the same family of viruses - the coronaviridae, but they do not cause the same diseases in people and cattle. We suspect that the virus causing Covid19 originated in bats, as was determined for the coronavirus that caused SARS, but research is still ongoing. In cattle, the virus is transmitted via the fecal oral route and causes diarrhea or via respiratory droplets and causes respiratory disease. There is no indication that bats are causing the disease in cattle. In the US, we do not have the vampire bats that attack livestock, so there is very little interaction between bats and cattle that would be cause for disease transmission between them. As to the lagoons, they can be a source of noxious gases such as ammonia that are harmful to the respiratory tract, or possibly be the source of enteric pathogens that cause gastro-intestinal disease, but are not a source of the virus that causes Covid19. Bovine coronavirus or coronavirus in pigs are not transmissible to people. Overall, The highest risk factor for getting Covid19 is close contact with an infected person, not contact with livestock."
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