Scientists discover a new virus lurking in bats: Similar pathogens kill up to one in three humans


Scientists have discovered a new virus lurking in bats.

The Kiwira virus — a type of hantavirus — has been found in free-tailed bats in Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

There is currently no evidence to show that Kiwira virus could pose a threat to humans but researchers are conducting follow-up studies.

Hantaviruses are usually found in rodents and spread to humans through contact with infected animals, with a disease the virus can cause killing up to a third of those…



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