Infectious Diseases 2020

Infectious Diseases 2020

New York and California legislation would ban live animal markets

11 May, 2020

Legislators in California and New York have announced plans to ban live animal markets in their respective states.
A new bill, introduced by Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal, would immediately prohibit the operation of live animal markets in New York, effectively suspending current live markets’ operations and preventing further licenses for such markets from being issued. 
Zoonotic diseases account for 75 per cent of emerging infectious diseases.
New York has more than 80 live poultry markets. The markets typically sell chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits and other poultry as well as goats, sheep and cows. Some markets include unsanitary conditions, with no proper drainage systems. The coronavirus likely originated at a market in Wuhan, China.