The difficult question facing WHO investigators as they touch down in Wuhan

The difficult question facing WHO investigators as they touch down in Wuhan

An Australian scientist on the ground in Wuhan as part of a global investigation into the origin of the coronavirus pandemic says the outbreak started there, but whether or not the virus itself started in China is a difficult question and key to the investigation.

Professor Dominic Dwyer, a microbiologist and infectious diseases expert with NSW Health Pathology, is the only Australian among a 13-strong team in the Chinese city working on the investigation for the World Health Organisation.

Speaking from his hotel room where he is spending 14 days quarantining, Professor Dwyer said “the outbreak certainly started in China, whether the virus started in China is difficult to tell. We know there are very closely related virus in bats in China, also other countries in South-East Asia, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Japan even”.