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ICMR researchers found Bat coronavirus in 2 Indian bat species
ICMR researchers found Bat coronavirus in 2 Indian bat species

BtCoV was found positive in 25 bats of Rousettus and Pteropus species from Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Puducherry, and Tamil Nadu.

15 April 2020 Current Affairs:Researchers of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) found the presence of a different kind of coronavirus, bat coronavirus (BtCoV), in two bat species from Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Puducherry, and Tamil Nadu. It claimed that there is no evidence or research to claim that these bat coronaviruses can cause disease in humans.

Highlights:
♦ BtCoV was found positive in 25 bats of Rousettus and Pteropus species from Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Puducherry, and Tamil Nadu.
♦ The bat coronaviruses have no relation with SARS-CoV2 which is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.
♦ The Pteropus bat species were earlier found positive for the Nipah virus in 2018 and 2019 in Kerala. 
♦ An association of Pteropus medius bats with the Nipah virus was reported earlier in Inda. The recently emerged severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is suspected to have its association with bats.
♦ Bats are the natural reservoir for many viruses. Some of these viruses are potential human pathogens. 
♦ As a result of the study and its findings, the scientists stressed the need for proactive surveillance of zoonotic infections in bats.