Coronavirus: Why are bats so often blamed for disease?

Coronavirus: Why are bats so often blamed for disease?

The novel coronavirus disease outbreak in China, now known as COVID-19, probably originally came from animals, researchers say.

And the most likely candidate: bats .

“Increasing evidences demonstrate the link between the 2019-nCoV and other similar known coronaviruses (CoV) circulating in bats,” the World Health Organization wrote in its on Tuesday.

“It’s probably almost certainly linked to bats,” said Scott Weese, a professor at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College, who studies diseases originating in animals.
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