Scientists have named a new source of Chinese coronavirus

Ученые назвали новый источник китайского коронавируса

Scientists have discovered that the genetic sequence of the new Chinese coronavirus closely matches the virus that lives in bats.

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Scientists from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, located at the epicenter of the epidemic in China, which is currently quarantined, published an article, which confirms that fast-spreading virus is in the same family as the virus of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), previously struck Asia.

On the basis of oral swabs, anal swabs and blood collected from seven patients at the hospital Signincant in Wuhan, the scientists were able to genetically order the virus. Then they tested it on a database of known viruses and found a match on 96.2 % with the coronavirus, which is known to be living with bats and is thought to be the source of outbreaks of SARS and MERS.

The researchers note that the new virus uses the same receptor that SARS to infect the victim’s lungs, causing symptoms such as coughing, headaches and pneumonia.

As previously reported, in December in China there was an outbreak of pneumonia caused by a novel coronavirus. For the first time the virus was detected in Wuhan. Later, Wuhan and located in 80 kilometers from the populous city of Hauran were closed on quarantine. As of January 24 aware of 25 victims of the Chinese atypical coronavirus, and more than 800 patients. Already in 13 cities of the province of Hubei (China) limited entrances and exits, as well as the work of public transport due to the coronavirus.

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