Researchers are on the move to capture bats in their habitats in the province Kanchanaburi in the western part of Thailand, in an attempt to find the blurry origins of the coronavirus according to an Associated Press report.
Johns Hopkins University has already provided data from its initial research.
The research revealed bats as the stem of coronavirus, which plagued billions and claimed half a million lives worldwide.
Horseshoe bats (R.Sinicus) from Yunan, the southern province of China, provided the closest match to the virus.
Of 200 Bats And Hardworking Researchers
The Land of Smiles, one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the world, is home to 19 species of horseshoe bats.
Researchers, however, said those species have yet to be tested for the coronavirus.
To conduct the probe, researchers hiked in Sai Yok National Park in the province of Kanchanaburi.
Next, they set up net traps in three separate caves round up some 200 bats.
Before releasing the bats, the Thai Red Cross Emerging Infectious Diseases-Health Science Center team had taken specimens of saliva, blood, and stool samples from them.
The team worked tirelessly until the next day, and they have also taken samples from other species of bats.
Besides horseshoe bats, they captured the other species for better understanding the pathogens transmitted by the animals.
Coronavirus Is “Borderless”
Supaporn Wacharapluesade is at the helm of the Thai research team and the Center’s deputy chief.
She studied bats and bat-associated diseases for more than 20 years.
She was part of the group that helped Thailand confirm in January the first case of coronavirus outside China.
Supaporn Wacharapluesade is positive that they will likely find in Thai bats the same pathogen that causes COVID-19.
Coronavirus is “borderless,” she said.
The infection can “travel with bats.”
It could move around “anywhere,” she added.