Covid-like virus is discovered lurking in bats in southern China

A Covid-like virus discovered lurking in bats in southern China is one of five with the potential to jump to humans, scientists say. 

The virus, known as BtSY2, is closely related to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid, and is ‘at particular risk for emergence’. 

It’s one of five ‘viruses of concern’ found in bats across China’s Yunnan province that are ‘likely to be pathogenic to humans or livestock’, the scientists say. 

The team warn of potential new ‘zoonotic’ diseases – those…

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