Scientists discover a new virus hiding in bats
Scientists have discovered a new virus hiding in bats. Kiwira virus - a hantavirus - has been found in bats in Tanzania and the Republic of Congo.
There is currently no evidence that the virus poses a threat to humans, but researchers are conducting follow-up studies.
Hantaviruses are usually found in rodents and spread to humans through contact with infected animals.
The group of viruses can cause mild flu-like illness symptoms, but also bleeding and kidney failure.
"The species breeds in and around people's homes so a possible spread of Kiwira virus to humans should be considered," the researchers warned.