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Bats carrying viruses that can lead to AIDS-like disease threaten to eradicate the koala population

Bats carrying viruses that can lead to AIDS-like disease threaten to eradicate the Australian koala population

  • Bats act as an aircraft carrier for various viruses that kill koalas
  • The virus can cause the koala retro virus called KoRV, which can lead to cancer
  • Scientists believe that this poses a greater threat to the koala population than wildfires

Bats act as flying carriers for various deadly viruses that can cause an AIDS-like illness in koalas that could eradicate their already vulnerable population.

The viruses found in bats can cause the koala retro virus called KoRV, which exposes them to cancer, chlamydia, infertility, blindness, and kidney failure.

Scientists believe that bats that transmit an infectious retrovirus may pose a greater threat to the koala population than the recent wildfires, which have killed thousands of marsupials and destroyed hundreds of their colonies.

The viruses found in bats can cause the koala retro virus called KoRV, which exposes them to cancer, chlamydia, infertility, blindness, and kidney failure

The viruses found in bats can cause the koala retro virus called KoRV, which exposes them to cancer, chlamydia, infertility, blindness, and kidney failure

Retroviruses, such as HIV, are a type of virus that use a special enzyme to translate the genetic information into DNA.

That DNA can be integrated into the DNA of the host cell causing the infection.

Burnet Institute researcher Joshua Hayward said that bats can also transmit the retrovirus to other animals.

He said this could explain how KoRV-related viruses came to Australia from Southeast Asia.

Scientists believe that bats that transmit an infectious retrovirus may pose a greater threat to the koala population than the recent wildfires, which have killed thousands of marsupials and destroyed hundreds of their colonies

Scientists believe that bats that transmit an infectious retrovirus may pose a greater threat to the koala population than the recent wildfires, which have killed thousands of marsupials and destroyed hundreds of their colonies

Scientists believe that bats that transmit an infectious retrovirus may pose a greater threat to the koala population than the recent wildfires, which have killed thousands of marsupials and destroyed hundreds of their colonies

WHAT IS KoRV?

It is a koala retro virus.

Retroviruses, such as HIV, are a type of virus that use a special enzyme to translate the genetic information into DNA.

That DNA can be integrated into the DNA of the host cell causing the infection.

Because of this, koalas can also be exposed to cancer, chlamydia, infertility, blindness, and kidney failure.

“It emphasizes the role of bats as truly important reservoirs of viruses that can be spread to other animal species,” said Dr. Hayward.

“Our country is trying to preserve the koala populations decimated by the fires, but how can they be protected against viruses? The existence and spread of KoRV and other infectious threats is something that conservation scientists will be concerned about. ‘

Dr. Hayward said that bats could contain the viruses, including Ebola, Hendra, and coronaviruses, but they were not affected.

He also said that bats transmit the deadly viruses through their feces and body fluids.

The koala population has declined in recent decades due to disease and deforestation.

Their population declined further after many koalas died in the wildfires.

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