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Researchers to study Thai bat species’ ability to carry novel coronavirus

 

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Researchers at the Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases of Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University will join officials from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation in conducting a study on the ability of bat species in Thailand to carry novel coronavirus.

 

Scientists theorize that the coronavirus is possibly spread from bats to snakes and, eventually, to humans. SARS and MERS were also said to have been spread by bats in 2004.

 

The Journal of Medical Virology said that the 2019-nCoV in snakes is likely to have allowed cross-species transmission from snakes to humans.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/researchers-to-study-thai-bat-species-ability-to-carry-novel-coronavirus/

 

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Depends on the availability of tom yum khaangkhauw. Check the Chinese eateries next to the northern border.

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Better get the BMWs up to check the visas and temperatures of the Chinese bats flying into Thailand!

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Somebody jumped on research grant funding for that pretty quickly. Wonder if these guys are going to apply for civet cat funding, too?

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Noooooo...Thai- bats are special!

As is Thai- electricity, Thai rivers, Thai- everything...

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of all things, they pick this to try to get a One Up over the Chinese 

 

 

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Another ruse to get some funding.

Bats carry dozens of diseases.  The main one being rabies.  Unless you are bitten or EAT them, then they are no problem.

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Waste of money the epidemic is not caused by bat biting people in China but by person to person transmission via droplets.

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7 hours ago, Pedrogaz said:

Waste of money the epidemic is not caused by bat biting people in China but by person to person transmission via droplets.

It's caused by eating the bloody things.  Human to human transmission is a fact in this case, but it's also a fact that it originates in bats.  Coronaviruses are normally present in animals.  Under some circumstances it can jump to humans which is what happened in this case.  Bats carry a huge range of diseases and the Chinese have been eating them.  For goodness sake, that's exactly how SARS came about.

Following that, the Chinese authorities made wild life meat markets illegal.  That lasted a few years then the trade picked up again.  Just like Thailand,  weak enforcement.

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The team of scientists grew the virus from a patient who had been infected since Friday.

And what about the mutations? Apparently it's mutated twice so there are three versions of this coronavirus in China. 

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