Scientists have identified 6 new types of coronavirus as part of their research in Myanmar. The new coronaviruses discovered in bats are not similar to COVID-19, which influences the world.
Researchers working under the Smithsonian Global Health Program have discovered 6 new types of coronavirus in bats in Myanmar. Researchers are evaluating the risks for new health of new viruses that are discovered for the first time in the world.
Researchers identified new coronaviruses as part of the PREDICT project funded by the U.S. International Development Agency (USAID). The team focused their work on Myanmar, where they were more likely to have close contact with wildlife, where they explored pathogens that have the potential to spread from animals to humans.
Newly discovered coronaviruses are not similar to COVID-19
Experts collected more than 750 samples of saliva and feces from bats in this region from May 2016 to August 2018. They then tested the samples and compared them to known coronavirus species. As a result, 6 new coronaviruses were detected. The team also discovered a coronavirus in Southeast Asia that has never been seen before in Myanmar.
According to the research team, the newly discovered coronaviruses are not closely related to coronaviruses, such as severe acute respiratory failure syndrome (SARS CoV-1), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) or COVID-19. The study aims to understand the diversity of coronaviruses in bats and identify infectious diseases that can threaten human health.
Coronaviruses caused thousands of people to die, including the SARS CoV-1, MERS and COVID-19 outbreak. Researchers estimate that there are thousands of coronaviruses in bats, many of which have not yet been discovered.