New Coronavirus Found in Beluga Whale

Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 23:28 in Biology & Nature

Researchers have determined a never before seen virus found in the liver of a beluga whale to be a new strain of the coronavirus. With emerging infectious diseases on the rise, it is now estimated that 75% derive from zoonotic sources. This being the case, health officials are now looking to zoological parks and aquariums for emerging virus surveillance.

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