Scientists identify new coronavirus commonly found in rodents

Using an RNA sequencing method, the team identified a novel coronavirus known as aGrimso virus, which belongs to the betacoronavirus family that also includes SARS-CoV, MERS and SARS-CoV-2.

Rodents already carry several zoonotic microorganisms, such as hantaviruses and tularemia, meaning they play a key role in the spread of infectious diseases.

In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in infectious diseases associated with small mammals, such as rodents, and research into the ecology of these host animals is a vital part of the work to prevent future outbreaks.

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