A Coronavirus, which killed nearly 25.000 piglets in China in 2.016-2.017, and comes from the Horseshoe Bat, has been identified as a new virus called Swine Acute Coronavirus Diarrhea Syndrome (SADS-CoV), according to the researchers.
This new discovery stems from a collaboration between scientists from the EcoHealth Alliance, the Duke-NUS School of Medicine in Singapore, the Institute of Virology in Wuhan and other organizations.
The new virus does not seem to infect people, unlike the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) that emerged in 2.002, infecting more than 8.000 people and killing 774. No cases of SARS-CoV have been identified. since 2.004 during the study they identified SADS-CoV in four pig farms in the Chinese province of Guangdong.
The researchers say: «The finding is an important reminder that identifying new viruses in animals, and quickly determining their potential to infect people is a key way to reduce threats to global health.»
On the other hand, the experts confirmed the connection of SADS-CoV to the Bats by identifying the new virus in the small intestine of the piglets. The scientists also tested 35 farm workers who had close contact with sick pigs, none of whom tested positive for SADS-CoV.
Currently, it is known that six (6) types of Coronaviruses cause diseases in people, but so far only two of them, SARS-CoV and the Coronavirus of Respiratory Syndrome of the Middle East, have caused large outbreaks of deadly diseases in people .