The study, published in the journal of medical virology, was attended by scientists from Beijing, Nanning, Ningbo and Wuhan, where the infection began to spread, writes The Conversation.
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Our findings suggest that the snake is a likely carrier of infection,
– says the study.
How to find the source of the virus
Scientists took samples of a new pathogen from patients and compared them with coronaviruses found in different host animals. The closest to the virus genetic code were two species of snakes – the South China krait multiband and Chinese cobra.
A likely source of coronavirus are snakes / Photo: CC BY-SA
In China, snakes and other wild animals are eaten. In 2017, a study by the Institute of Zoology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences showed that more than 60% of the population in southwest China ate wild animal meat at least once in the last two years.
However, a society of Chinese scientists questioned the version of transmission of the virus to humans from the snake. This is due to the fact that once almost all of these viruses were transmitted to humans from mammals, in particular camels, as is the case with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
According to Zheng Aihua, a specialist in virology at the Institute of Zoology in Beijing, transmission of the virus to humans from non-human species of living organisms is possible, as is the case with the Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. At the same time, the similarity of the genetic code alone is not a sufficient basis for such conclusions, he noted.
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What is known about a dangerous virus
From the pneumonia caused by the coronavirus, 25 people died. The total number of infected is 617 people.
Chinese authorities said they had closed the port city of Wuhan, a millionaire city in which they recorded the first cases of a deadly coronavirus. We also decided to suspend all flights from there, as well as to close the railway connection.
Coronavirus – what is it? This is a group of viruses that can cause colds and atypical pneumonia. In general, infectious bronchitis viruses of birds are considered to be coronaviruses, although human coronaviruses also belong to this family.
By the way, measures are currently being taken at Ukrainian airports to strengthen the audit due to the outbreak of fatal pneumonia until there is a corresponding order from the Ministry of Health.
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