Scientists have discovered a new virus, similar to Covid-19, in the feces of cave bats in Japan.This was reported by Japanese television, which published data of a group of researchers from the University of Tokyo.
Researchers found the pathogen in the feces of small horseshoe bats in the wilds of Japan seven years ago. A new investigation has found that it is very similar to SARS-CoV-2 – strain Covid-19.
The genetic makeup of the new virus matched 81.5 percent with SARS-CoV-2, and experts say this is the first time that a pathogen similar to the one that caused the current pandemic has been found in Japan. .
The zoonotic virus is the cause of a wide range of diseases, including Covid-19, SARS, MERS and some versions of the common cold. Thankfully, the scientists say that The new virus does not infect humans, though more investigation is needed.
“It is thought that only a small amount of coronavirus is dangerous, but there is no denying that there are species that infect humans in Japan,” Professor Shin Murakami explained. “We will investigate the wildlife and urgently investigate the actual situation. We need to find it. “
This is not the first time that a coronavirus similar to SARS-CoV-2 has been found. According to official statistics, scientists hunting for the disease in China found coronavirus with a genetic rate of 95% match with the virus which caused more than 1.2 million deaths worldwide gender, according to official statistics.
As we reported earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) has asked world leaders to prepare for the next pandemic.
“We have to prepare for the next pandemic right now,” WHO stated in a press release.
“Last year, we saw that countries with a strong medical emergency ready infrastructure were able to act quickly to halt and control the spread of the SARS- CoV-2. “