Scientists have discovered six new corona viruses in Myanmar.
The new viruses belong to the SARS-CoV2 virus family that originated in the Covid-19 virus, but are not genetically linked to the coronavirus that is now spreading worldwide.
Scientists have discovered six newly discovered viruses in three bats species.
Further investigations are needed to determine if the newly discovered viruses are capable of transmitting to other animals, as well as the risks to humans.
The Covid-19 virus was first reported in Wuhan, China.
The Smithsonian Annuals Global Health Program is conducting the research with the outbreak of the Covid virus, identifying possible bouts of bats in the future, and identifying and preventing infectious diseases that may pose a threat to public health.
The research team collected samples from 11 species of bats in Malaysia, a Southeast Asian country bordering Bangladesh and India.
Between May 2016 and August 2018, 750 samples were collected.
Experts have found six new viruses compared to the same number of viruses previously reported.
According to LiveScience magazine, scientists have named the six new viruses that have been identified.
The six virus species are named after them: PREDICT-CoV-90, PREDICT-CoV-47, PREDICT-CoV-82 and 92, 93, 96.
Suzan Murray, director of the Global Health Program at Smithsonian Institution, said that although some viruses are not harmful to humans, surveillance, research and study are vital to preventing the spread of epidemics.