Anna Speranskaya, director of the Genomics Research Group affiliated with the Russian Epidemiology Central Research Institute, announced that experts from the Russian Human Health and Consumer Protection Agency (Rospotrebnadzor) encountered coronavirus in some bat organisms in Russia.
In her interview with the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, Anna Speranskaya said that some viruses from the coronavirus family have been detected in some bats living in Russia, and the research on exactly which viruses are still ongoing.
According to the genomics researcher, this study enabled the detection of the genome sequences of a number of other viruses also found in bats.
Speranskaya also noted that bats are no more dangerous than other wild animals such as foxes or hedgehogs, as these animals can also be carriers of viruses that can pose a danger to humans.
The expert added that to avoid this danger, it would be enough not only to touch bats, to come into contact with them, and not to enter their habitats.
Rospotrebnadzor, Russia’s public health inspector, launched a study to detect coronavirus in bats living in different regions of Russia at the end of August. This study is expected to help evaluate possible virus spread routes and epidemic risks. The work is planned to take several years. -sputniknews-