Caution Bats Flu, Researchers Find the Threats

For the first time in history, scientists discovered a strain of influenza virus in the body of a bat. Have not found the way the spread and dangers, but feared the findings would be a new threat to the health of mankind. As reported by The Telegraph, Wednesday, February 29, 2012, this strain was discovered by accident by the Institute of International Epidemic Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently researching a bunch of bats. Their findings are also written in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday. CDC is conducting research at the time of the 300 bats that they collect in Guatemala in 2009 and 2010.

 The focus of research is rabies disease and transmission, but the researchers found specimens of other bacteria that turns out to be a new virus. Ruben Donis, one of the researchers, said the flu was found in species of bats yellow shoulders. Bat species are insect eaters and fruit, but never bite humans. 

However, it is possible this virus could be transmitted in the future. Donis said, this is the first time scientists discovered the flu in bats. Previously, researchers believe to have found all kinds of transmission of influenza in animals, among the birds, pigs, dogs, horses, seals and sea lions. 

Five years ago, a Russian claim to find a flu virus bat, but no proof. Donis said the researchers are now finding out about the new virus. So far, they have not been able to determine the hazards and the type of flu. Various methods to study the virus, of which replicate the virus in chicken eggs and human cells fail. In fact, the way it always used to find out how the virus spread. Yet the threat is definitely best knowledge, does not mean harmless. This type of virus can join the common influenza virus and swap genes and mutate into a new form of deadly, the CDC said.

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