Mammals could harbour 320,000 new viruses

At least 320,000 new and undiscovered viruses could be circulating throughout mammals and awaiting discovery.

A study conducted by Columbia University examined 1,897 samples collected from bats and assessed how many pathogens they carried.

Nearly 70% of viruses that affect humans have their origins in wildlife, and the study suggests future pandemics could be avoided by identifying unknown viruses.

Read more at University of Columbia