A new virus with similarities to Ebola has been discovered in China, according to new research. The newly found virus…
A new virus with similarities to Ebola has been discovered in China, according to new research.
The newly found virus shares many of the same traits that have helped Ebola break into human cells, the study published in Nature Microbiology stressed
The virus was discovered in fruit bats by Chinese and Singaporean scientists and has the potential to infect both humans and other animals. [MnnglàEbolaandthelesser-knownMarburgareallrelatedasmembersofthefilovirusfamilyThereisnoevidenceyetthatithasspreadtohumans
Filoviruses are extremely pathogenic and can cause severe fevers that are often fatal. It is at least the seventh filovirus that has been found, which has been known to cause disease in people, according to the CDC.
Like Měnglà, Ebola is thought to have originated a bats. The viruses are typically spread by infected bodily fluids.
“Studying the genetic diversity and geographic distribution of bat-borne filoviruses is very important for risk assessment and outbreak prevention as this type of infectious disease can affect the general public without warning with devastating. consequences, ”said Wang Lin-Fa, a professor at Duke-NUS Medical in Singapore and an author of the study, in a statement.
Researchers are now focusing their efforts on understanding how bats could contribute to a possible epidemic. 1
9659002] “I suspect about the next few years we’re going to see a whole group of viruses – and probably some new viruses – emerging from these studies of bat ecology. And I think it’s really important, ”Dr. Jeremy Farrar of the Wellcome Trust Duty STAT
Recent outbreaks of Ebola, like the one in Congo, have been among the deadliest in its history. With the exception of isolated cases, every major outbreak of Ebola has occurred in Africa.