Pangolins should be considered possible hosts of coronavirus, scientists say

Pangolins should be considered possible hosts of coronavirus, scientists say

Pangolins should be considered possible hosts of coronavirus, scientists say

This evidence points to pangolin as the most likely intermediate host for the new coronavirus, but additional intermediate hosts could also be there, the researchers said.

According to the study, the description of a novel human coronavirus, initially referred to as the Wuhan coronavirus (CoV), is now designated as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-CoV-2 as per the latest International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) classification.

Who's the deadly virus carrier? Most mavens agree that bats are a herbal reservoir of SARS-CoV-2, however an intermediate host used to be wanted for it to leap from bats to people.

Researchers in Hong Kong and China claim to have found viruses in the scaly mammals which are closely related to the one responsible for the Covid-19 outbreak.

The pangolin is in danger of extinction. The animal's scales are in high demand for use in traditional Chinese medicine, while pangolin meat is considered a delicacy.

An insightful article on coronavirus source said, "The closest match to the human coronavirus has been found in a bat in China's Yunnan province".

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Further, a study published on February 3, found that "The bat coronavirus shared 96% of its genetic material with the virus that causes COVID-19". Which organisms came into contact with bats, the virus reached the human body, it is still a mystery. "Identifying the source of SARS-CoV-2 is important to understand the emergence of the current pandemic, and in preventing similar events in the future", he said.

Finding the virus in smuggled Malayan pangolins raised the question of where they contracted the virus, said Dr Lam. If they were transmitted from bats during their illegal trafficking to China or from other native habitats in Southeast Asia?

After uncovering an error in the analysis that suggested snakes as an intermediate host, the team searched for DNA and protein sequences isolated from pangolin tissues for ones similar to SARS-CoV-2.

In the meantime, the scientists advocated a ban on pangolins - the most trafficked endangered animals in the world, the World Wildlife Fund said.

"This is the time for the worldwide community to pressure their governments to end illegal wildlife trade", said Elisa Panjang of Cardiff University, a pangolin conservation officer at the Danau Girang Field Centre in Malaysia.

The pandemic caused by the spread of the coronavirus worldwide has unleashed multiple investigations that seek to understand how it spread so quickly, its origin, among other things. Now, researchers from the University of MI may have discovered how the virus first infected humans.

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