Why They’re Called ‘Wet Markets’ — And What Health Risks They Might Pose

Shellfish for sale in the Tai Po market in Hong Kong on January 29. Many customers come to this market to buy live seafood.

A wet market is a complex of stalls selling fish, meat and wild animals. One such market in Wuhan has been linked to the current outbreak of coronavirus.

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