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New SARS-like virus can 'jump directly from bats to humans without mutating

Scientists have discovered a new virus, similar to SARS, that can jump from bats to humans, prompting fears of a future epidemic.

They warn there is no treatment for the virus, referred to as SHC014-CoV, which can cross the species divide without the need to mutate.

But, they caution, it is still not clear whether or not the disease has the ability to spread from human to human.

Senior study author, Dr Ralph Baric, at the University of North Carolina, said: 'Studies have predicted the existence of nearly 5,000 coronaviruses in bat populations and some of these have the potential to emerge as human pathogens. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3314247/New-SARS-like-virus-jump-directly-bats-humans-without-mutating-sparking-fears-future-epidemic.html

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