According to CNN’s report, researchers from China’s Shandong University shared their findings in the journal “The Cell”, which they conducted on forest bats in the western province of Yunnan between May 2019 and November 2020.
Researchers detected 24 novel coronavirus genomes in urine and feces samples collected from different bat species.
It was noted that the coronavirus, which was found in samples taken from the species called “Rhinolophus pusillus”, known as the “horseshoe bat”, is genetically very close to Kovid-19.
Emphasizing that the genetic features of the coronavirus largely overlap with Kovid-19, except for the spike protein that allows it to attach to human cells, the researchers said, “When evaluated together with the closely related virus found in Thailand in June 2020, these results indicate that viruses associated with Kovid-19 continue to spread in bat populations and in some regions. It turns out to be more intense.” used the phrases.
Researchers examining bats in caves in Yunnan in 2017 found the presence of a coronavirus very close to SARS.
These viruses in bats generally exist as “beta coronaviruses” that spread within the species, but can later evolve and infect humans through other animals.