China has identified a new virus that has been causing illnesses in the city of Wuhan. Chinese scientists are continuing to research this virus and monitor the outbreak.
There are no studies on coronaviruses (CoV) of bats, nor in humans in Colombia and Latin America. This lack of information in a country that holds the greatest diversity of Chiroptera in the region, reveals an ecoepidemiological gap that we have to overcome with the implementation of more studies aimed at better understanding the role of CoV in human health and animal in the region and in the world.
Understanding how viruses evolve to infect new species will help researchers determine what is required for viruses to emerge and spread in new hosts. These findings also may be important for developing new vaccines, which viruses often evolve to avoid.
Scientists have discovered a new coronavirus in a species of bat in Myanmar as part of routine surveillance for the PREDICT project. A second virus was also detected in Myanmar for the first time; it had been previously detected in bats in Thailand.
A newly identified coronavirus, swine acute diarrhea syndrome coronavirus (SADS-CoV), that killed nearly 25,000 piglets in 2016-17 in China emerged from horseshoe bats near the origin of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), which emerged in 2002 in the same bat species.
To date, there has been no effective antiviral drug for any known coronavirus.
Researchers identified from suckling piglets with diarrhea in China a new bat-HKU2–like porcine coronavirus (porcine enteric alphacoronavirus).
The finding could help researchers better predict where these viruses are likely to jump from animals to humans.
Experiments with the virus (PREDICT/PDF-2180) show that while its genetics are similar to MERS-coronavirus there are significant differences in its spike gene.