Researchers of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) found evidence that this virus is not a threat to humans. The finding came following the detection of a similar virus, called coronavirus, in bats from South Africa over the past few years.
The South African Mammal Genome Diversity Project (SAMPED) has identified the Wuhan coronavirus (WuCNV) as the first virus to infect bats in the region. The discovery has been made through a unique genomic analysis of a single bat from South Africa’s Free State province and used to research further information about this deadly virus.
The virus is spread through direct contact with infected bats, and it enters the bat as feces. There have been no cases of human exposure to the virus so far, but there is concern that it could cause severe illness or even death in humans if they become infected through contact with infected bats.
NeoCov was first discovered in 2009 in China’s Hainan Province where it was discovered among mountain gibbons (the gibbons are believed to be carriers of this virus). Further studies have shown that there are some strains circulating among wild pandas in China, which have a similar genetic makeup to Wuhan coronavirus. In 2012, Wu CNV was identified as a novel coronavirus by researchers at Huazhong Medical University, Huazhong Province.
This is a question of extreme interest to many people. The results of the Wuhan lab scientists’ collaboration with the South African health department are alarming. They found that the virus, known as neoCovirus, has been found in bats of South Africa. This new case is different from other coronaviruses because the virus was detected in bats that had not been infected by any other coronavirus.
NeoCovirus is one of two viruses known as “neo-coronaviruses” in which people become infected after eating contaminated food, by eating fruit or vegetables grown without cleanliness or hygiene and at a high altitude (above -3,500 meters). The second type of neoCovirus, known as “neo-dengue” was detected in mosquitoes that had not been infected by any other dengue virus. Both viruses spread from bat to bat by biting bats and then infecting humans via mosquito bites through contact with an infected animal (often a mosquito bite during its mid-life stage). There have been many other cases in which people have become infected by eating contaminated food and/or from mosquito bites around water sources or at high altitudes (above -3,500m).
The Wuhan lab scientists recalled that there had already been a case of neoCovirus infection in humans 1 year ago, on 16 November 2016 when a 55-year old man was hospitalized due to excessive bleeding due to bleeding ulcers 10 days earlier. However, he did not die until 12 days after he received treatment for it, leading researchers to believe that the new case might be related to the same type of virus found in bats.
CORONAVIRUS (or coronavirus) is usually thought to be a respiratory virus. However, in the case of South African bats, it has been discovered that they are susceptible to this virus as well. This was recently shown by researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Biological Sciences in China. The discovery was made when researchers examined the genetic material of various bat species and found that only Capricornus=thylacinus=capricornis, which is also known as “coronavirus” is able to grow in the stomach of these bats.
This report highlights ways that people can help prevent and treat coronavirus infection. Bats are feared because they are one of the few animals that can infect humans with their own viruses without our knowledge or consent. This makes them a perfect conduit for human-to-human transmission. In addition, bats’ high guano content means they are an easy source for viruses like HIV and hepatitis C.”
What is it?
The virus, which isn’t mentioned in any of the news reports, is a coronavirus that has been found in bats. The viruses are often found in the guts of the bats (although some have been identified in the nasal passages as well) and can cause severe respiratory disease.
It was first found in South Africa in 2003, and spread to other parts of Africa — but it wasn’t until this year that researchers began to suspect that it might be a pandemic threat. The researchers believe that its presence in bats may be linked to climate change, making them more susceptible to disease-causing conditions.
The virus has no known cure, but there are measures you can take if you think you have been exposed:
• Do not touch your nose or mouth with your bare hands
• Do not ingest water or food from bat droppings (this includes drinking water)
• Do not eat raw meat or fish as they could contain salmonella bacteria, which could be passed along through handling of food
How to Protect Ourselves from the Threat of NeoCov
For some time now, we have suspected that the outbreak of a new type of coronavirus that has recently been detected in South Africa is something much more serious than the other coronaviruses we have previously known.
NeoCov is an engineering problem and as such, it is not our goal to solve it. We are simply trying to understand it and what it means for us.
We believe that there are three possible explanations for this virus:
1) A pandemic from the White-Nose Syndrome or another bird flu or bats disease combined with a new mutation of this coronavirus;
2) A new variant within this virus;
3) New variants within some other coronaviruses.
Each explanation has its pros and cons. Although we are not sure which one is true yet, in order to understand what we can do to protect ourselves against it, we need to find out which one is true. So far, there are only two researchers who have made significant progress toward understanding the virus: the Wuhan team at Peking University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The Peking team has done quite well identifying how the virus moves around in bats and then comparing it to known viruses like rhinoceros encephalitis (RB) and bat lyssavirus (BLV). Both groups have also improved on their existing models for understanding how this particular coronavirus infects cells. They also look at what happens when these viruses are introduced into humans.
We believe that these analyses will allow us to determine whether Neocov is a new variant within one or more coronaviruses, or whether something else has mutated within one or more of these viruses; or whether something else caused these viruses to mutate in the first place; or any combination of those things — all without ever having actual live samples from humans with NeoCov strains in them!
The downside is that this work must be done on samples from humans infected with NeoCov (which means isolating a sample from someone infected with NeoCov would be impossible), which means they must rely on animal studies in order to obtain enough data for their studies. And even if they could isolate sufficient numbers of infected bats/raccoons/mice/monkeys/humans (which they might not), they still would need people willing to take part in this study. We believe that testing people living outside of affected locations should be avoided if
The “Neocov” virus has been discovered by scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and Microbiology (VIM) in China. The VIM team is reporting that the virus is not only deadly to bats, but also to humans and dogs.
In the past, such viruses have been reported in other bat species, but researchers believe this is the first time a virus has been reported in a bat species from South Africa.
Researchers were particularly concerned with the fact that this particular virus was causing high fever, which makes it easy to spread through contact or bite. The researchers are now planning on collaborating with other groups to track down potential new hosts for this virus and develop treatments for them.
Because of its widespread presence throughout South Africa, researchers believe that it could pose a serious threat if it spreads throughout other countries.