WHO report: New coronavirus linked to chrysanthemum manta rays

According to a report on the status of the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on February 11, there is growing evidence of a link between the new coronavirus and the coronavirus (CoV) transmitted in bats. More specifically, it is related to the coronavirus spread in the bat subspecies Phinolophus bat.

WHO report: New coronavirus linked to chrysanthemum manta rays

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According to the report, these subspecies of chrysanthemum manta rays are numerous, widely distributed in southern China, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

According to recent studies, more than 500 coronaviruses have been found in bats in China. It is worth noting that in serological studies, those living near the caves of the bat’s natural habitat had a serum-positive rate of 2.9 per cent for the bat coronavirus. This suggests that human exposure to bat coronavirus is common.

However, the report notes that the route of transmission to humans at the beginning of the outbreak remains unclear. At present, the most likely assumption is that intermediate host animals play a role in transmission.

The report shows that both Chinese and outside experts are working to determine the animal source of the new virus. Determining the animal source of the new coronavirus will help ensure that similar outbreaks do not occur in the future and will also help to understand the initial spread of the outbreak in Wuhan. This will improve human understanding of viruses and help understand how they are transmitted from animals to humans.