Hungarian researchers have discovered and isolated the so-called Lloviu virus in bats in Hungary. In laboratory conditions, the virus can infect humans. But in nature, all viruses behave differently. There are a lot of questions, but no one should be afraid of a pandemic. Experts emphasized that the discovery is nothing more than a scientific achievement. Furthermore, we know that it cannot cause infections similar to Ebola or Marburg.
No one should be afraid of the new virus
to me 24 hExperts are constantly looking for new viruses that may cause similar epidemics as the Corona virus has done in the past two years. After seven years of hard work, Hungarian researchers have identified a filamentous virus called Lloviu. This is a distant European relative of Ebola. However, the researchers found the virus in bats that live far from any human settlements in Hungary.
No one should worry because the virus only threatens bats at the moment.
Researchers are now studying whether it can cause diseases in humans. 24. He asked virologist Gabor Kimenesi, senior researcher at the Janus Syntagusa Research Center at the University of Pécs. He is also the captain of the Lloviu team.
Researchers should check it out
The virus has been previously identified in Italy and is likely to be present in every country where curved-winged bats live, Kimenesi said. However, according to their current knowledge, no one should worry about a possible pandemic. Researchers have isolated the new virus and are now examining whether it can infect human cells. But even if this happened, this does not mean that it can infect the human body.
They are working with fellow Americans and have found that the new virus cannot cause diseases like Ebola or Marburg.
They published their findings in Pathogens Plus. The virus is now on the long list of pathogens that must be screened to avoid a potential pandemic.
Humanity learned about filamentous viruses in 1967 when German researchers worked with a hunted Gerchet in Africa to develop vaccines in Marburg. However, a deadly virus infected 31 of them, and caused the death of seven researchers. The new virus is named after the city. Meanwhile, the Ebola virus was identified in 1976, near the Ebola River, in the Congo. Its mortality rate exceeds 50%, and it continues to cause new waves of the epidemic. Thanks to a new drug, in 2019, the death rate can be reduced to as little as six PCs.
Human expansion may lead to more global epidemics
Filamentous viruses are found in a variety of animals, from fish to bats. The virologist said that only these two species can infect humans.
The significance of the discovery is that Hungarian researchers have isolated the filovirus for the first time since 1967 with scientific precision. Mr Kemensi says we must pay close attention to and identify filamentous viruses. This is because some species may be able to mutate into deadly versions, as the coronavirus did. Moreover, it can help us study Ebola and Marburg viruses.
The new filovirus has been discovered in bats that are very afraid of humans.
However, Mr Kemensi emphasized that we only have a chance against these “new” viruses if we know about them as much as possible.
He added that analyzing viruses in bats is very important. Flying mammals can be considered banks of viruses, and many versions of viruses in their bodies have zoonotic capabilities. Mr. Kimenesi added that the expansion of human settlements is destroying the buffer zone between wild animals (and their viruses) and humans. If we cannot stem this trend, diseases transmitted from animals to humans will increase, potentially leading to global epidemics.
source: 24 h