Human Betacoronavirus 2c EMC/2012–related Viruses in Bats, Ghana and Europe

In a study partly funded by Antigone, insect-eating bats from Ghana, Romania, and The Netherlands were found positive for viruses that were very similar to the novel human coronavirus EMC/2012. EMC/2012 was discovered last year as a cause of fatal respiratory disease in a small number of people from the Middle East. These data suggest that this novel human coronavirus EMC/2012, like the SARS coronavirus, might be another human coronavirus for which an animal reservoir of closely related viruses exists in Old World insectivorous bats. Please click here to read more.