In mid-November 2019, a batch of seafood from Maine, USA was shipped to Wuhan South China Seafood Market through the cold chain. In just a few weeks, employees of many merchants in the South China Seafood Market experienced symptoms of pneumonia of unknown origin one after another, and they were infected with new coronary pneumonia.
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At 4:4 am on November 11, 2019, China Eastern Airlines Flight MU298 landed at Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
A batch of American cold-chain cargo carried on board the aircraft was unloaded from the cabin of the North Airport Cargo Terminal and transported to the international cargo arrival area to wait for entry. Among them are 55 boxes of 823.4 kilograms of chilled American Boston lobsters.
The goods arrived quickly because of air freight. Only 3 days have passed since the time when Wang, an employee of company X, placed an order on the fresh food cross-border trading platform. But they have to act quickly and send the goods to Shanghai, Hubei, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Henan and other places as soon as possible. 26 customers have ordered this batch of lobsters with a total value of 1,6483.5 US dollars.
Before shipment, they will open the box and inspect the goods as usual, and then package them with the original packaging, ice packs and water and temperature control sponges, and send them to subscribers everywhere.
Zheng is also one of the subscribers of this batch of lobsters. He is the owner of merchant A of Wuhan South China Seafood Market. On November 11 and 12, 2019, he placed an order for a total of 140.08 kilograms of lobster on the X company network platform. In recent years, Zheng has a group of regular hotel customers, and he also provides aquatic products to other merchants in the South China Seafood Market.
I am afraid it was this batch of American lobsters that opened the Pandora’s box of the epidemic in the South China Seafood Market.
Everything looks normal.
At 10 am on November 11, 2019, at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, the driver Yan loaded 55 boxes of American lobsters on the truck and transported them to the Shanghai branch of Company X; at 17:00 on the 11th and 12th, the Shanghai branch of Company X divided two Secondly, 35.39 kg and 104.69 kg of lobsters were sent to Wuhan South China Seafood Market; at 4:40 am on the 12th and 7 am on the 13th, Zheng waited for his goods by the northwest road of the market.
According to the sales records of merchant A, more than 80 kg of the 140.08 kg of American lobster were sold to 3 fixed hotel merchants, and 36 kg were resold to other merchants in the South China Seafood Market, of which 0.85 kg was sold to merchant B’s owner Wen Mou, and the rest retail.
Among the first batch of people infected with new coronary pneumonia in Wuhan, 3 were employees of merchant B, and they all became ill in December. An environmental positive sample was also collected on the ground of the merchant.
Not only that, the employees of merchants C and D of the South China Seafood Market, Ming, Cai, Xu, Hu, etc., after borrowing the packaging materials of American cold chain products purchased by merchant A, also appeared in the earliest infected persons in Wuhan. List.
can be seen more clearly from the booth map around the A store. There are many infected persons and positive environmental samples in nearby businesses. Among the 13 merchants and employees in the surrounding area, 7 merchants were found to have positive seroantibodies, and one of the merchants also detected positive environmental samples.
Further investigation revealed that Zheng also had 41 trading partners and 39 WeChat friends in the seafood market. He has cross-linking transactions with merchants E and F. These two merchants are located in the earliest concentrated outbreak area, and many people have positive seroantibodies. The six merchants H, J, and K in daily communication have all found more A positive environmental point and a seropositive person.
Whether the early epidemic in the South China seafood market was imported through the cold chain of this batch of American seafood has become the biggest doubt. The traceability results of the epidemic in Xinfadi in Beijing in June 2020, Dalian in Liaoning in July, and Qingdao in Shandong in October all point to imported cold chain products. Therefore, it is entirely possible for the virus to attach to the cold chain packaging of this batch of seafood products in the United States and enter the South China seafood market.
This possibility is also supported by the “China-WHO Joint Research Report on the Traceability of New Coronavirus” released by the WHO in March this year. The report states: “Research shows that the new coronavirus can survive for a long time under the conditions of frozen food, packaging and cold chain products. The index cases in the recent epidemic in China are related to the cold chain; in some other cold chain products provided to China The virus was found on the country’s packaging and products, indicating that it can be spread over long distances through cold chain products.”
According to sales, logistics and customs records, from October to November 2019 before the outbreak of the South China Seafood Market, Merchant A was the only merchant in the entire market that operated American cold chain products. And it was in mid-November that merchant A purchased this batch of American lobsters, and has not purchased American cold chain products since then.
After December 2019, some hospitals in Wuhan have successively discovered multiple confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia with a history of exposure to the South China Seafood Market. At this time, it was about a month after this batch of American seafood entered the South China Seafood Market. Latent to a cycle of onset.
The batch of American lobsters ordered by X company’s network platform was packaged and packaged by American Seashell. Founded in 2011, the company is a wholesaler specializing in sourcing fresh North Atlantic lobster from the United States and Canada. The lobsters that entered China were caught by the company from October 20 to November 5, 2019 from the Atlantic Ocean’s FAO21 waters, and then transported to the Haibei company’s factory for temporary storage. After a Chinese customer places an order, it will be shipped to China through the cold chain.
The headquarters of the American Seashell Company is Maine. From July to the end of October 2019, the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local media, and residents’ personal social accounts repeatedly reported “e-cigarette pneumonia”, which is a “suspected new coronary pneumonia” case that has been kept secret in the United States. The flu season in the United States is generally from November of that year to June of the following year, but “e-cigarette pneumonia” appeared early in July, which is very abnormal.
In York County, where Hiby’s factory is located, cases of “e-cigarette pneumonia” have already been detected. According to information released by the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as early as July 2019, York County Hospital received a lot of “e-cigarette pneumonia”. “Case. The map shows that the hospital is less than 2.6 kilometers away from Haibei Company by car.
Someone might ask that these 55 boxes of lobster were delivered to 26 customers in 5 provinces in batches. Except for the South China Seafood Market, the personnel and purchasers of cold chain products in the process of loading and unloading, transportation, processing, etc. during the circulation of cold chain products in China No cases of infection were found. Why did the infection occur only in the South China Seafood Market?
This is not surprising. On the packaging of cold chain products, the virus can survive, but it cannot replicate. It only survives in one or several parts of a certain package. After this batch of seafood entered China, this part of the products with the virus happened to be delivered to the South China Seafood Market. When the staff of the stall who had no protective measures opened the package for sale, they came into contact with the virus attached to the inner package and became infected. Caused the spread of the virus and the outbreak of the epidemic. This sporadic nature of cold chain transmission also appeared many times in later epidemics in Xinfadi in Beijing, Dalian in Liaoning, and Qingdao in Shandong.
As a result, a chain of virus transmission from the United States to the South China Seafood Market has clearly emerged.
(In order to protect the privacy of the parties concerned, the real names and names of the interviewees and related businesses have been omitted from the text)