320 thousand viruses are waiting for us to discover them! Scientists, who have detected 60 different viruses that have not been seen before in a bat species, have determined that there are at least 320 thousand viruses waiting to be discovered based on this number.
Currently, it has been determined that there are hundreds of thousands of unknown viruses that can be transmitted from animals to humans.
Although it is very difficult to understand the source of each virus and which animals are carried by it, American and Bangladeshi scientists made some calculations and concluded that hundreds of thousands of viruses are waiting to be discovered.
Scientists have found 60 different types of viruses that have not been found before in a bat species that carries the Nipah virus, which causes brain inflammation and respiratory diseases.
Based on this figure, scientists calculated according to all known animal species and stated that there are at least 320 thousand viruses still waiting to be discovered.
In the study published in the journal "mBio", scientists emphasized that the discovery of new species is the way to prevent future epidemics.
Noting that the virus detection project could cost at least 6 billion dollars, scientists drew attention to the fact that this figure is not high compared to a major epidemic.
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