Sumary of Detection of a coronavirus similar to SARS-CoV-2 in Cambodian bats:
- We know little about the origin and reservoir of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which is responsible for the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic (COVID-19).
- however, Horseshoe bats are believed to be the primary natural reservoirs for SARS-related coronaviruses.
- Horseshoe bats from several provinces in China have been found to carry several coronavirus species.
- A close relative of SARS-CoV-2 was identified in bats captured from a cave in Thailand in June 2020. a Maximum likelihood phylogeny of the subgenus Sarbecovirus (genus Betacoronavirus;
- n = 39) estimated from complete genome sequences using IQ-TREE and 1000 replicates.
- The coronaviruses of the SARS-CoV-2 lineage are color coded by country of sampling as on the map.
- Regions where viruses of the SARS-CoV-2 lineage were sampled are colored as in the tree.
- A black dot indicates a sampling site when known, and the red dot shows the location of Wuhan, where the first cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection were reported.