Scientists have discovered a new canine coronavirus in a child who was hospitalized with pneumonia in Malaysia in 2018. If the virus is confirmed to be a human pathogen, it would be the eighth coronavirus, and the first canine coronavirus, known to cause disease in humans.It is not yet clear whether this specific virus poses a serious threat to humans, the researchers stress.
The study does not prove that the pneumonia was caused by the virus, which may not be capable of spreading between people.
But the finding, which was published on Thursday in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, highlights the need to more proactively search for viruses that could jump from animals into humans, the scientists said.
(New York Times)