SCIENTISTS at a Chinese lab linked to the outbreak of coronavirus reportedly revealed they were bitten while collecting samples in a cave packed with infected bats.
One researcher – from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (W.I.V) – is said to have claimed fangs went through his rubber gloves “like a needle” leaving him spattered with blood.
A video – which first emerged two years ago – also apparently shows scientists working on “live viruses” without gloves and masks in an apparent breach of the World Health Organisation safety rules.
The startling claims come just 24 hours after it was revealed the scientist dubbed “Patient Zero” who vanished from the Wuhan lab at the start of the Covid-19 outbreak is still missing despite a year-long search.
Virus expert Huang Yanling was named online in China during the very first worrying reports of the deadly pandemic back in February of last year.
The US State Department believes she was the first of several working at the controversial institute who fell ill in the autumn of 2019 – months before the virus was officially acknowledged.
The claims created a link between the pandemic and the W.I.V. – which houses zoonotic bat diseases – and sparked fears the virus was accidentally leaked during experiments.
On the shocking video, researchers are seen collecting potentially highly- infectious bat feces with no noticeable personal protective equipment (PPE) other than gloves.
One man then tells how he was bitten by a bat claiming it felt “like being jabbed with a needle.” The video then cuts to a person’s limb showing swelling from another bite.
The narrator points out the fact that bats can carry a variety of potent viruses, reports the Taiwan Times.
Many experts fear the coronavirus could have spread from another Chinese lab that housed 600 bats which attacked and “peed on” scientists.
One researcher at the Wuhan Center for Disease Control (WCDC) who was urinated on also had bat BLOOD on his skin and was forced to quarantine himself, an academic journal claimed.
A research paper, titled ‘The possible origins of 2019-nCoV coronavirus’, reported that one researcher named only as JH Tian “was once attacked by bats” and that “the blood of bat was on his skin.”
According to the journal, Tian isolated himself for 28 days after the “bats peed on him.”
The paper states: “… the Chinese horseshoe bats were natural reservoirs for the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) which caused the SARS outbreak in 2003.”
Last year, The Sun revealed how the W.I.V. lied about taking safety precautions when collecting bat samples.
Shocking leaked photos – which revealed a scandalous lack of safety – were deleted from the website of under-fire China science hub.
In the wake of claims, cables were sent to the US State Department from the embassy warning about the risks of experiments on bats.
One read: “During interactions with scientists at the WIV laboratory, they noted the new lab has a serious shortage of appropriately trained technicians and investigators needed to safely operate this high-containment laboratory.”