Coronavirus Found in EIGHT Species of BATS

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Pathogenic (Disease causing virus) coronavirus has been found in 8 different species of bats in India and Myanmar, finds two separate studies. According to researchers, these findings will help understand the diversity of coronavirus in the animal and their potential risks to human health.

A study by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and National Institute of Virology (NIV) has recently disclosed that pathogenic coronaviruses have been found in two species of bats in India. This is the first-time the presence of coronavirus has been found in Indian bats. According to the study, the two species of bats where the virus was found are the Indian Flying Fox and the Rousettus (fruit bats).

On the other hand, a separate study done by researchers at Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in the US has discovered six new coronaviruses in Myanmar bats.

As per the researchers, the findings will help better understand the variation of coronaviruses in bats and boost global efforts in detecting, preventing and responding to infectious diseases that may pose threats to public health, particularly in the face of the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.  The findings were published in the journal PLOS ONE.

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To note, the coronavirus that has already turned into a pandemic is a novel virus which is named as Covid-19 by the World Health Organization. So it is a different kind of coronavirus from the ones those are found in India and Myanmar. Source : TOI

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