An international group of scientists is researching bats in Myanmar because people in this country are more likely to come into close contact with wildlife than others. From May 2016 to August 2018, scientists collected 750 samples of saliva and feces from these animals in this region. According to scientists, bats have thousands of types of coronavirus, most of them have not yet been discovered.
A new study identified six new types of coronavirus. The team also discovered coronavirus, which was previously found elsewhere in Southeast Asia, but never in Myanmar.
Viral pandemics remind us of how closely human health is associated with the health of wildlife and the environment.
Mark Valitutto, lead author of the study
The discovery will further investigate the possibility of transmitting these types of coronavirus from bats to humans in order to assess the risks of the possible emergence of new pandemics similar to SARS-CoV-2.