Covid-like virus is discovered lurking in bats in southern China
A Covid-like virus discovered lurking in bats in southern China is one of five with the potential to jump to humans,scientists say.
The virus, knownas BtSY2,is closely related to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid, and is 'at particular risk for emergence'.
It's one of five 'viruses of concern' found in bats across China's Yunnan province that are 'likely to be pathogenic to humans or livestock', the scientists say.
The team warn of potential new 'zoonotic' diseases those caused by pathogens that pass to humans from other animals.
The research was led by researchers at Sun Yat-sen University in Shenzhen, the Yunnan Institute of Endemic Disease Control and the University of Sydney.
It has been detailed in a new study published as a preprint paper, yet to be peer-reviewed, on thebioRxiv server.
'We identified five viral species that are likely to be pathogenic to humans or livestock, including a novel recombinant SARS-like coronavirus that is closely related to both SARS-CoV-2 and 50 SARS-CoV,' the team say in the paper.
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