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WCS Lao PDR Program Position Statement regarding the recent discovery of SARS-CoV-2-like viruses in bats in Northern Laos

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(November 01, 2021) Recent research currently undergoing peer review (Temmam et al., under review) has discovered the closest viral relatives to SARS-CoV-2 to date circulating in horseshoe bats inhabiting limestone cave systems in Northern Laos. It is suspected that these bat- borne coronaviruses have the same potential for infecting humans as early strains of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus which causes COVID-19 disease). Although this is new scientific information, it is important to recognize that these viruses are not...



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