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The virus originates in animals and is only rarely transferred to people. That being said this virus mutates rapidly and that is when we start to see issues. The biggest issue with the mutations is that doctors struggle to create a vaccine for the virus. How did this strain of virus get into people? This is a question that China will have to answer but as with most things involving China, not all the information they provide is accurate. It has been reported that the virus originated in a Whuan market.