Scientists question origin of MERS-CoV

An article from Vaccine News Daily
July 29, 2013
Scientists question origin of MERS-CoV

 

July 29, 2013 -- Scientists detected a very similar virus to the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in the feces of a South African bat pointing to possible African origins for the MERS-CoV, according to a recent study.

Scientists from South Africa and the University Bonn in Germany found that the virus closely resembles the dangerous novel pathogen MERS-CoV, which killed close to 50 people since it was discovered last year. The study was published in Emerging Infectious Diseases and suggests African bats could play a part in the evolution of MERS-CoV predecessor viruses.

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