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A novel SARS-CoV-2 related coronavirus in bats from Cambodia

Animals, Asia, Cambodia, Coronavirus, Health, Infection, Science

Here we describe the identification of SARS-CoV-2 related coronaviruses in two Rhinolophus shameli bats sampled in Cambodia in 2010. Metagenomic sequencing identified nearly identical viruses sharing 92.6% nucleotide identity with SARS-CoV-2.

Most genomic regions are closely related to SARS-CoV-2, with the exception of a small region corresponding to the spike N terminal domain. The discovery of these viruses in a bat species not found in China indicates that SARS-CoV-2 related viruses have a much wider geographic distribution than previously understood, and suggests that Southeast Asia represents a key area to consider in the ongoing search for the origins of SARS-CoV-2, and in future surveillance for coronaviruses.

Preprint: A novel SARS-CoV-2 related coronavirus in bats from Cambodia

 

 

 

 

 

 

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