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Many dangerous viruses found in Switzerland’s bats can easily spread to humans – research claims

Isabel Hardmeier from the Institute of Virology, said metagenomic analysis of bats endemic to Switzerland reveals widespread virus genome diversity. Virus genomes of 39 different virus families have been detected, 16 of which are known to infect arteries, including coronaviruses, adenoviruses, hepaviruses, rotaviruses A and H, and parvoviruses.

The researchers concluded that genomic analysis of bat stool samples could be a useful tool for continuous monitoring of viruses transmitted from bats, including the MERS-CoV-related virus. This type of tracking can potentially detect the accumulation of viral genetic mutations that may increase the risk of transmission to other animals, allowing earlier detection of viruses that pose a threat to humans.

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