Los científicos descubren 5 Nuevos coronavirus en murciélagos 'a punto de saltar a los humanos'

FIVE new viruses with the potential to jump to humans have been identified in bats in southern China, según una nueva investigación.

Chinese and Australian scientists took samples from 149 bats in China and found one new COVID-19-like virus which could transmit to humans.

Bats can simultaneously be infected with several viruses which are a risk to humans

Bats can simultaneously be infected with several viruses which are a risk to humansCrédito: Alamy

The scientists also discovered five other viruses which are “likelyto cause disease in humans and animals.

The research suggests a new wave oflethalinfections could be on the horizon, one expert has said.

COVID-19 has now been circulating for over two years and millions of Brits have been vaccinated or have some sort of protection from prior infection.

The current Omicron strain has been proven to be milder than others and globally, many are learning to live with the bug.

But this new development adds to a growing body of evidence that sarbecovirusesmembers of the coronavirus familyare rife across Asia and eastern Europa.

Professor Tom Solomon, de The Pandemic Institute in Liverpool, told The Sun the study showed that bats can simultaneously be infected with several viruses.

This raises the possibility that two different viruses may “recombine” or mix to form a new virus, which could be even more lethal,” él explicó.

Él agregó: “We know that some of the most deadly viruses of humans emerge from bats.

This includes the Covid-19 virus, Nipah virus which causes encephalitis, a deadly brain infection, and even some rabies viruses.

This new study which examines viruses in individual bats, showed the wide range of viruses bats carry.

Separate research, published this year revealed that another Covid-like virus had been discovered in a bat.

The exact origins of the virusknown as Khosta-2are not clear and are currently being investigated by a team at the World Health Organization (OMS).