Researchers have found six new corona viruses originating from bats in Myanmar.
Research on the corona virus and how it is spread continues to be carried out by experts. Various findings are summarized in complete in various journals although they must be proven again to be more accurate. Including the matter of finding six new corona viruses in the body of a bat.This new corona virus has been discovered by researchers in Myanmar. Preliminary results show the virus is the same family as the corona virus which has resulted in covid-19 or SARS-CoV-2.
But genetically, the six new corona viruses are not tightly bound to the SARS and MERS viruses. These six new corona viruses have been found in bats, which are also considered the beginning of the spread of the covid-19 virus.Researchers are still continuing to identify early to be able to find out the cause and find out more quickly about how to overcome it.
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Beginning of discovery
The corona virus was first discovered in Myanmar when researchers conducted a survey of bats. The survey conducted by the researchers is called the PREDICT program, which is a program to identify infectious diseases that spread from animals to humans.The researchers found that bats are the main cause that can accommodate thousands of corona viruses that have not been identified. Like covid-19, bats are also predicted to be the main intermediaries for the spread of covid-19 before they infect humans.
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Using bat saliva samples
Between 2016 and 2018, the researchers collected hundreds of samples of saliva and guano or bat droppings from 464 bats as well as from 11 different bat species. Samples were taken from three locations in Myanmar.These three places were chosen because they are places for people who have close contact with wildlife.”Two of these sites also display a popular system.
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The six new types of corona viruses
Researchers analyzed the genetic sequence of these samples and compared them with known corona virus genomes. The new virus was found in three bat species.PREDICT-CoV-90: found in the Greater Asia yellow house bat (Scotophilus heathii) PREDICT-CoV-47 and -82: found in wrinkle-free bats (Chaerephon plicatus) PREDICT-CoV-92, -93 and -96: found in Horsfield leaf-nosed bats (Hipposideros larvatus)
Further research is needed to determine the potential for the six new corona viruses to move to other species. And whether the six new viruses can have an impact on human health.The earlier the cause of this new corona virus is known, the faster action can be taken to prevent it.