Special Issue "Bats and Coronaviruses"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 10199
Interests: bat virus infection and immunity; virus host interaction; SARS-CoV
During the past two decades, three high pathogenic coronaviruses have been identified as the causal agents of large-scale disease outbreaks—SARS-CoV-1, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2—that have claimed tens of thousands of human lives. One of the shared characters between these three viruses is that they all probably originated in bats, which firmly establishes that bats are an important source of highly lethal zoonotic viruses. Thus, it is highly likely that future SARS-like coronavirus outbreaks will originate from bats. While it is almost impossible to predict or prevent the next coronavirus outbreak, we believe that active surveillance is the best we can do at the present time to provide early warnings and, in turn, minimize the impact of such future outbreaks. As a successful example, the identification of bat HKU2-related coronavirus led us to quickly set up diagnosis and control measures against swine disease outbreak caused by SARS-CoV, which shared 95% genome identity to HKU2-CoV. In addition, it is increasingly important to understand why bats can maintain coronaviruses long-term without showing clinical symptoms of diseases. In this regard, global efforts on the discovery and active surveillance of bat coronaviruses, and on understanding of the relationship between bats and coronaviruses are urgently needed. This is also within the scope of this Special Issue “Bats and Coronaviruses”.
Prof. Dr. Peng Zhou
Dr. Danielle E. Anderson
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