After China, even in Japan… Virus similar to COVID-19 found in bat droppings
Last updated 2020.11.08 20:53Article input 2020.11.08 20:49
[아시아경제 최은영 기자] A virus with a gene similar to the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19) was found in the feces of bats living in Japan.
According to Japanese media such as NHK on the 8th, the research team of Shin Murakami, an associate professor at the University of Tokyo Graduate School (veterinary medicine), analyzed the gene of a virus containing feces from bats collected from a cave in Japan seven years ago. And 81.5% match.
The research team explained that the virus appears to be the virus with the closest gene to the novel coronavirus among wild animals in Japan.
However, it was confirmed that the virus was not transmitted to human cells.
Professor Murakami said, “It is thought that only a few are dangerous among coronaviruses, but it is impossible to deny the possibility of the existence of a type of coronavirus that infects humans in Japan,” he said. “We need to investigate wild animals and understand the situation as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, a virus that matches more than 95% of the novel coronavirus has been found in bats in China so far.
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