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COVID-19: Bats living in Cambodia in 2010 carried ‘nearly identical’ pathogen to COVID-19 virus, scientists discover

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Bats that lived in a Cambodian cave in 2010 carried a pathogen that is “nearly identical” to the virus that causes COVID-19, scientists have discovered.

Samples the scientists tested have been stored in a freezer at the Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, since December 2010 following a study by the Natural History Museum in Paris and mandated by UNESCO.

By sequencing samples from 430 bats gathered more than a decade ago, they found viruses “nearly identical” to the one that causes COVID-19 in two Rhinolophus shameli bats, otherwise known as Shemal’s horseshoe bats, which are found in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

In a report released this week, which has not yet been peer reviewed, the group said the bats shared 92.6% of the same identity as SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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