The tumour killing bacteria responsible for the massive coronaviral outbreak that has killed more than 6,000 people in the country has emerged from a Chinese hospital, the health ministry said.
In a statement on Monday, Health Minister Suresh Prabhu said the bacterium, which is called P. falciparum, has been isolated and confirmed to be the cause of the coronaviruses coronaviremia, the first confirmed case of which was in July.
“This is the first time a new P. falispora bacteria has been identified in China and, according to the molecular tests, the results are very good,” he said.
In the US, where the coronacosis outbreak was caused by a closely related P. berghei, it took three months for the new P.-falispora bacterium to be isolated.
P. falca is a new genus of bacteria discovered in China in the late 1990s, and it is a species with a relatively short life span and is one of a group of bacterial species that are found in the Americas.
The P.-Falispora species has also been found in India and Europe.
P.-Farispora is the cause and the most common cause of pneumonia in patients with respiratory disease.
It can also cause other infections including the coronitis coronavivirus, which kills more than 300,000 worldwide.