Pushing the death toll across the country to 1,355, China on Wednesday registered the highest single-day deaths. While the scientists across the globe are head over heels into bringing up a vaccine for the virus, news that Brazilian scientists discovered a mysterious aqua virus is now trembling the global health scenario. According to the reports, scientists in Brazil spotted an aquatic virus while studying a giant virus that infected Lake Pampulha, an artificial lagoon in the city of Belo Horizonte.
The researchers named the virus the “Yaravirus” after “Yara,” the mother of waters, an important character in the mythological stories of the Tupi-Guarani indigenous tribe. Scientists with France’s Aix Marseille University and the Brazil’s Federal University of Minas Gerais stated that the new virus has been posing an exciting challenge for researchers while only six genes out of the 74 were found to match the genes already discovered virus.
This new virus was only around 80 nanometers in diameter unlike all amoeba-infecting viruses that we know, and it’s still remained unclear when and where the virus originated and evolved. However, there’s no indication that the virus is a risk to humans, said the researchers who are still working to unveil the threats to the human race.