Despite the omens of hope brought by vaccines against novel coronavirus Months ago, however, the pandemic and its variants still terrified the world.
A British study from the University of East Anglia and the Zoological and Public Health Associations of England warned that… new virus A virus of the Corona family discovered in bats in Britain may have a chance to infect humans, in the event that an infected person with the virus that causes Covid-19 disease interacts with a bat carrying the new virus.
And the study published, the day before yesterday, on the pre-release research site “Ressources Square”, indicated that the new virus, which was named “RhGB01”, cannot transmit to humans unless it mutates.
As for the only scenario for this to happen, a bat carrying a “RhGB01” infection will be infected with the virus that causes the disease, giving the new virus the ability to infect human cells.
It does not pose a threat to humans
In turn, Andrew Cunningham, of the Zoological Society of London, co-author of the study, revealed that this virus does not pose a threat to humans because the RBD receptor-binding domain, which is the part of the virus that binds to host cells to infect them, is incompatible with the ability to infect them. human cells.
However, the problem is that if a bat infected with “RhGB01” becomes infected with MERS-CoV, there is a risk that hybridization will occur between these viruses, and a new virus appears that carries the RBD receptor domain of the disease-causing virus, and thus is able to infect people.
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He also added that preventing the transmission of the emerging corona virus from humans to bats, and thus reducing the chances of the virus mutating, is critical, with the current global vaccination campaign against this virus.
In addition, Dr. Diana Bell, an expert in zoonoses at the University of East Anglias School of Biological Sciences, explained that the main risks, for example, are that a bat in people involved in saving animals will be infected with the emerging coronavirus that causes the disease, which will provide an opportunity for genetic recombination, This means that anyone who comes into contact with bats or their droppings, such as bat or cave rescuers, must wear appropriate personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of mutating, as well as enforce strict regulations globally for anyone handling bats and other wildlife.
It is noteworthy that the new virus falls within a subgroup of viruses of the Corona family called “Sarabic” viruses.
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This type contains both the “new corona” (SARS-CoV-2) responsible for the current epidemic, and the (SARS-CoV) virus responsible for “SARS” in 2003.
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Further analysis compared the virus with species found in other horseshoe bat species in China, Southeast Asia and Europe, and showed that its closest relative was discovered in the Blasius bat from Bulgaria in 2008.
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