Bat SARS-like coronavirus WIV1

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Virus classification
Group: Group IV ((+)ssRNA)
Order: Nidovirales
Family: Coronaviridae
Subfamily: Coronavirinae
Type species


Bat SARS-like coronavirus WIV1, (Bat SL-CoV-WIV1) also sometimes called SARS-like coronavirus WIV1, is a newly identified CoV isolated from Chinese rufous horseshoe bats. The discovery confirms that bats are the natural reservoir of the SARS virus. Phylogenetic analysis shows the possibility of direct transmission of SARS from bats to humans without the intermediary Chinese civets, as previously believed. It is a single-stranded, enveloped, positive-sense RNA betacoronavirus.[1][2]

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  1. ^ Xing-Yi Ge,Jia-Lu Li,Xing-Lou Yang, et al. Isolation and characterization of a bat SARS-like coronavirus that uses the ACE2 receptor. Nature. (2013). doi:10.1038/nature12711. Published online 30 October 2013
  2. ^ Naik, Gautam. "Study: Bat-to-Human Leap Likely for SARS-Like Virus -". Retrieved 2013-10-31.