A Coronavirus from Canines

Back in 2017, scientists discovered a coronavirus causing mild illness in health workers in Haiti—it’s 99.4% identical to one discovered 11,000 miles away in Malaysia in May that probably jumped from dogs to people, according to a Clinical Infectious Diseases study.
 
The coronavirus has been linked to pneumonia cases in kids but has not caused widespread illness, NPR Goats and Soda reports.
 
Unlikely: Scientists doubt it’s confined to the 2 countries where it was found. 

Likely: It’s been circulating globally at low levels—prompting calls for researchers to actively look for the virus in older blood samples that may have been misdiagnosed.

Why this is good news: The discovery shows that scientists are studying viruses before they cause mass illness and death.

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