“The four turtle samples contaminated with the virus were found on Wednesday [July 13] during a daily health inspection work at the Baishazhou Market in Wuhan, local authorities said in a notice issued on Thursday [July 14],” according to the local newspaper.
The municipal government of Wuhan said it immediately sent the emergency team to the market for live animals “to conduct [an] epidemiological survey, environmental sampling and disinfection.”
Authorities claimed that they'd “properly disposed of” the turtles that were contaminated and placed an order on the stall selling the turtles to close for three days beginning the 13th of July.
“Persons in contact with the samples all returned negative results for cholera virus,” the Global Times relayed on July 15.
“Personnel and environment involved with the positive samples have not shown abnormalities after examination, authorities said, and they have reminded other destinations outside of Wuhan that received relevant products of the same batch,” according to the report.
Health inspectors discovered bacteria that can cause cholera at Wuhan's Baishazhou Market on Wednesday, within 48 hours of when officials at Wuhan University informed that one of their students was recently diagnosed with cholera.
“Authorities said that the vibrio cholerae O139 strain for the student's infection, announced on Monday [July 11], and the contaminated [turtle] samples are unrelated,” Reuters reported the 15th of July.
A Wuhan University cholera patient exhibited symptoms such as “vomiting and diarrhea accompanied by fever, and quickly recovered after effective diagnosis and treatment,” the Global Times detailed on Friday, noting that no other incidents of the disease have been identified.
“Cholera is an acute diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with Vibrio cholerae bacteria,” according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “People are susceptible to getting sick if they drink water or eat food that is contaminated by the cholera bacteria. The illness is usually unnoticeable or not accompanied by symptoms; however, it can be life-threatening and severe.”
“When people suffering from cholera receive treatment quickly, they generally recuperate without lasting consequences. Patients who suffer from cholera don't typically develop the cholera-causing bacteria once they have recovered,” the U.S. public health agency explains.
Cholera is a rare disease in China and the country reported five cases in 2021, and 11 in 2020. The reported cholera cases in the last two years were fatal. Chinese authorities were not able to reveal the cause of this Wuhan University student's cholera infection as of Friday.
In the Chinese city of Wuhan located in the capital city of China's central Hubei province, it was the first city in the world to be reported as having instances of the Chinese coronavirus at the end of 2019. The exact cause of the disease, officially referred to as “COVID-19,” remains unknown mostly due to the possibility of concealment by China's central authorities. In the beginning, the Chinese Communist Party hesitated to admit the seriousness and transmission of the then-new coronavirus virus in the early months of 2020. China's central government was hesitant for a few days before contacting authorities at the World Health Organization about the outbreak in Wuhan and gave the virus ample time to spread and grow into an epidemic that spreads across the globe on March 11, 2020.
“The earliest COVID-19 infections in late 2019 were initially linked to a local market in Wuhan that also sold seafood and fish products,” Reuters reported this Friday. It was referring to one of the unproven theories of the Chinese coronavirus's genesis.