New SARS-Like Virus Spreads From Bats to Humans: “Not ‘If’ There Will Be An Outbreak”

Thursday, November 12, 2015
By Paul Martin

Mac Slavo
November 12th, 2015

An alarming new threat has emerged in the discovery of a new virus that can be transmitted directly from bats to humans, and has the potential for a deadly outbreak.

Known as SHC014-CoV, this lab modified chimera coronavirus is currently circulating in Chinese horseshoe bat populations and can spread to humans, infecting the lungs. It is thought to be similar in to the SARS respiratory virus, and scientists have replicated the strain in mouse lungs, demonstrating the easy adaptability of the disease across the species bridge.

The Daily Mail reports:

Scientists have discovered a new virus, similar to SARS, that can jump from bats to humans, prompting fears of a future epidemic.

They warn there is no treatment for the virus, referred to as SHC014-CoV, which can cross the species divide without the need to mutate.

But, they caution, it is still not clear whether or not the disease has the ability to spread from human to human.

Could it cause a new epidemic? It is a definite possibility.

Disease researchers in North Carolina and China found that SHC014-CoV will “replicate efficiently in primary human airway cells and achieve in vitro titers equivalent to epidemic strains of SARS-CoV.”

Dr Ralph Baric, of the University of North Carolina, said:

“This virus is highly pathogenic and treatments developed against the original SARS virus in 2002 and the ZMapp drugs used to fight Ebola fail to neutralise and control this particular virus.

‘So this is not a situation of ‘if’ there will be an outbreak of one of these coronaviruses, but rather when and how prepared we’ll be to address it.’

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