Myanmar detects closest known relatives of COVID-19 virus in humans


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Scientists have for the first time detected the closest known relatives of Covid in more than 12% of people living in rural Myanmar, indicating that "zoonotic spillover is occurring". An international team of scientists from US, Singapore and Myanmar screened the blood of 693 people in Myanmar between 2017 and 2020. The participants belonged to communities that engaged in extractive industries and bat guano harvesting from rural areas in Myanmar.