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A new comes in Wuhan, China, which has claimed 17 lives might have been transmitted to people from snakes, according to genetic analysis. Snakes may have caught the virus from bats in the food market where both animals sold.

On January 22, there were 555 confirmed cases of infection, which can cause fever, breathing difficulties and pneumonia. Contain viruses, Wuhan has been effectively placed under quarantine, with public transport temporarily closed, according to the report.

While 444 cases have been reported in Wuhan, another person has also been confirmed in the surrounding region of China, with 26 in Guangdong province, 14 in Beijing and 9 in Shanghai. International, confirmed cases have been reported in Thailand, Japan, South Korea and the United States. Hundreds more suspected, and attempts to diagnose these cases is ongoing.

The source of infection is suspected to be a food market in Wuhan visited by few people first. The market is to sell live wild and farm animals, including guinea pigs, birds, rabbits, bats and snakes.

To determine whether the virus may have come from one of these animals, Wei Ji and colleagues at Peking University in China comparing the genomes of five new virus samples with 217 the same virus collected from a variety of species.

their analysis showed that the new virus looks similar to that found in bats, but most like viruses seen in snakes, genetically speaking. “The results obtained from the sequence analysis we suggest for the first time that the snake is the most likely reservoir of wildlife animals,” they wrote.

“We are excited about this new venture,” said Guo Haitao at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, whose studies. “We need more experimental evidence, but it gives us a clue,” he said.

The new virus may have formed as a result of the virus from bats and snakes combine, which can occur when the two types of animals are kept in close quarters, such as can occur in the food market, said Peter Rabinowitz of the University of Washington in Seattle ,

virus may then have passed to people through the air, said Rabinowitz. “It’s still speculation, but if this virus in secretions or feces snake, it would be possible to aerosolise and inhaled if there is enough snake and quite a lot of people,” he said.

On January 22, the World Health Organization’s emergency committee on the new virus, which is at. After the meeting, the general director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says he needs more information about the virus and its spread before it can declare the outbreak a public health emergency.

“This is a growing and complex situation,” said Ghebreyesus. “The decision about whether or not to declare a public health emergency of international concern is one I take very seriously, and one I was just ready to make the proper consideration of all the evidence.”

Emergency Committee will meet again tomorrow, and the promising Ghebreyesus they “will have more to say” then

Journal reference :. Journal of Medical Virology,

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