In the United Kingdom, in a joint study by the University of East Anglia, the Zoological Society of London and the Public Health England of the UK Department of Health, fecal samples of 53 small horseshoe bats were examined.
In the study published in the journal Scientific Reports, it was reported that a new corona virus called “RhGB01” was detected through genome sequencing technology in one of the samples.
Within the scope of the research, it was emphasized that a “sarbecovirus” type virus associated with SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) disease was seen for the first time in horseshoe bats in the UK.
WHAT IS SARBECOVIRUS?
In the study, it was stated that a subgroup of corona viruses called “sarbecovirus” is associated with both SARS-CoV-2, which is currently affecting our lives, and SARS-CoV, which was recorded in 2003.
Scientists underlined that these bats have been carrying the virus in their bodies for a long time, but since they were examined for the first time, the virus in question was newly discovered.
DOES IT TREAT HUMAN?
On the other hand, researchers said that there is no evidence yet that the new corona virus is transmitted or can be transmitted to humans in this form.
Professor Andrew Cunningham, from the Zoological Society of London, said: “The virus in the UK poses no threat to humans because the receptor binding site, the part of the virus where it attaches itself to source cells and causes infection, is not capable of infecting human cells.”
However, scientists added that this situation may change when the virus mutates.
In the Independent’s report, Cunningham said that any bat carrying the SARS type corona virus provides the appropriate environment for the virus to mutate, saying, “If a bat carrying the ‘RhGB01’ infection that we have detected is caught in SARS-CoV-2, these two viruses will hybridize to SARS-CoV. “There is a risk of creating a new virus that has the RBD of -2, which means it can infect humans.”