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Scientists say Thailand bats could spread similar coronaviruses



Scientists say bats in Thailand could spread other coronaviruses related to Sars-CoV-2, or Covid-19, joining what is thought to be many other bats doing the same thing across Asia. The revelation comes after scientists found bats at a wildlife sanctuary in eastern Thailand to feature a virus that closely matches that of the virus that causes Covid-19.

The team that discovered the bats featuring the virus in Thailand is led by Lin-Fa Wang of Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore. The virus found is named RacCS203, and is over 91% similar to the Covid-19 virus in terms of genomes.
It is also closely related to another coronavirus, RmYN02, which is found in bats in Yunnan, China as its genomes display a 93.6% match to Covid-19.
“We need to do more surveillance in animals. In order to find the true origin, the surveillance work needs to go beyond the border of China.”
One big concern is the ability of such coronaviruses to move between different mammals as scientists still attribute the outbreak of Covid-19 to the virus being transferred from bats to a secondary host and then to humans. But the bats in Thailand at the wildlife sanctuary are insect-eating, which workers at the sanctuary have told visitors to not be concerned about the flying creatures.
However, insect-eating bats can spread deadly illnesses and according to a New York Times article, a virologist says horseshoe bats, may be to blame for the current Covid-19 virus.  Horseshoe bats are, indeed, found in Thailand caves, and are also insect eaters.
The discovery of the possible connection between horseshoe bats and the coronavirus linked to Covid-19 prompted Dr. Supaporn Watcharaprueksadee, the deputy chief of the Center for Emerging Infectious Disease of Thailand and a specialist in bat-borne viruses, to look into whether bats in Thailand, may share a similar virus.

Infectious diseases such as SARS, MERS, Hendra, Ebola and Nipah, are thought to have emerged from bats, making research into Asian bats all the more necessary.



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  1. Ynwaps

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    93.6% match!? That’s closer than human DNA is to mice ?

    • Issan John

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 5:40 pm

      I recall reading that “Humans share 50% DNA with bananas”.

      Looking it up just now, evidently human DNA is 96% identical to chimpanzees’, more than 60% identical to bananas’, and 60% identical to chickens’ and fruit flies’.

      Some probably more than others …..

  2. Ian

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Maybe the virus came from vampires just a thought 555

  3. Bill

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Only losers like poverty john spread covid. Wake up TheThaiger!

    • Issan John

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 5:47 pm

      Despite various animals being delicacies here, I’ve never seen bats on the menu. In Indonesia, though, they were pretty much the main meat source in the local market when I was working in Sulawesi – a rather fetching shade of green for some reason …

      • Amy Sukwan

        Monday, February 15, 2021 at 12:21 pm

        For once I agree with you Isaan John. I’ve eaten all types of strange Thai fare from ant larvae to fried beetles and crickets. Yet nobody here including my Thai husband has ever heard of eating bats!

  4. Social Observer

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    It’s the people who eat bats that are the problem.

    • Ynwaps

      Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 8:43 am

      It’s their culture. Can’t start another genocide, calm down satan

  5. titanyak

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    What you need to do is mess with it in a lab so it can cross to humans then have a laps in security. Then a global pademic will happen where an appocolyps where 99.9% people survive but there is the biggest transfer of wealth from poor to rich ever happened. After that all the scared little fools will do anything the dictators of the new world will tell them to.

    Oh no we’re f’ed in the a

    • Ynwaps

      Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 8:44 am

      We’ll make sure to send you money. The good thing is that traumatic events like these are forgotten by society. It’s called the new normal and you’ll be happy too.

  6. Jim kelly

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    As a British caver, I spend a lot of my spare time underground… as does ‘vern’… the Chiang Rai cave diver who found the 13 stranded boys a year ago in Tham Luang. We both regularly come in to VERY CLOSE CONTACT with literally 1,000’s of these beautiful, highly advanced mammals. It’s not unusual to be in caverns the size of a cathedral where the ‘batty’ humid atmosphere is full of guano and bat ‘pee’… you can feel it landing on your skin nd caving oversuit…really.
    At other cave locations, Fruit Bats, the size of a small cats will often “LAND” on you and cling on to clothing. They mean no harm as once a bat lands on the ground it is incapable of taking to the air again. They have a very clever hooking system that is non muscular. This is why they can hang upside down for hours with zero fatigue. However, in order to fly they must already be ‘up there..somewhere’; but not on the hard deck!This is how they fall prey to the long Cave Racer Snakes that also frequently come to see what ‘us cavers’ are doing in their underground world. You literally have to pick the bats off your clothing and find a rock ledge to hang them off… with your hands!!!
    I’ve caved in the UK SINCE 1984 AND, HERE IN THAILAND FOR THE LAST 4 YEARS! Never, not once have I been bitten or been ill after any trip underground where there is a huge bat population. Indeed, in the UK it is a prosecutable offense to disturb cave bat populations during certain periods of the year, essentially during their hibernation months.
    I’m sorry folks but here we are YET AGAIN… PANICKING NEEDLESSLY, BELIEVING THE MEDIA HYPE AND/OR LIES. Yes, bats carry rabies and all sorts of other nasties…so do dogs, so do rats and rodents! What’s the plan now? Go and cull all the fuckin’, disease-ridden mammals and reptiles just incase they’re a threat to the ‘human race!”

    • titanyak

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 10:53 pm

      Please remove Trump from your message, he is the only world leader not using this to his advantage

    • Billy Barty

      Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 12:24 am

      Jim, although i find your sharing of cave adventures interesting, I feel your post is stupid. It is hardly scientific to say that just because you were never bitten or sick, we can’t get a plague from bats. The really annoying part of your post is spewing your political BS at the end (IN ALL CAPS).

  7. London Al

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    This story sums up the hysterical press coverage we’ve been getting for so long now, any story that has the word ‘could’ in it isn’t worth reading.

  8. Jim kelly

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Yes Al… hysterical… that’s the word of the moment and, sadly, most of the world has been brain-washed by it all. They ACTUALLY believe it!! Like watching a soap opera and thinking it’s ‘real-life’.

  9. Ian

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 2:46 am

    Jim your post was so inspiring wow I never new this and ij you made me smile with the banana quotes your only 95% of my friends list now 555

  10. John_2

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 11:30 am

    Rubbish – Covid 19 is a carefully crafted Bio-Weapon.

    The most worrying aspect is the realization that with the stated goals of UN 2030, the Deep State, and their mouthpieces Tedros & Bill – Covid may just be the test run…

    • Issan John

      Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 4:22 pm

      Don’t forget about the baby BBQs 😮

  11. Jim kelly

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Humans I’m not really bothered about ..but, I hope to dear God these idiots don’t start a mass culling of certain species of animals in order to justify their ridiculous theories!!

  12. Bill Fischer

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Thais are just wannabe Chinese, so this is expected. They have no concept of science or global responsibility.

  13. James Pate

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6:41 am

    I heard that Bruce Wayne over at the Wayne Foundation will provide funding for additional research. Young Dick Grayson will coordinate efforts.

  14. steve

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    There is still a certain country who will remain nameless who refuse to admit that this filthy disease came from them , there people are so poor that they will eat anything and this is where education is desperately needed .

  15. Jim kelly

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 9:43 pm


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