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Ilmuwan Thailand Berburu Kelelawar untuk Lacak Asal Usul Corona

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Kamis, 13 Agu 2020 20:45 WIB

Jakarta - Para ilmuwan Thailand menyusuri gua-gua di pedesaan untuk menangkap kelelawar dan mengambil sampel untuk melacak asal-usul virus Corona.

Researchers put on PPE suits and stand in front of a cave entrance as they prepare to catch bats at Sai Yok National Park in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, July 31, 2020. Researchers in Thailand have been trekking though the countryside to catch bats in their caves in an effort to trace the murky origins of the coronavirus.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Peneliti mengenakan APD dan berdiri di depan pintu masuk gua saat mereka bersiap untuk menangkap kelelawar di Taman Nasional Sai Yok di provinsi Kanchanaburi, Bangkok, Thailand.  

Researchers put on PPE suits and stand in front of a cave entrance as they prepare to catch bats at Sai Yok National Park in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, July 31, 2020. Researchers in Thailand have been trekking though the countryside to catch bats in their caves in an effort to trace the murky origins of the coronavirus.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Para peneliti Thailand melakukan pelacakan di pedesaan untuk menangkap kelelawar di gua-gua dalam upaya melacak asal-usul virus Corona.  

Researchers put on PPE suits and stand in front of a cave entrance as they prepare to catch bats at Sai Yok National Park in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, July 31, 2020. Researchers in Thailand have been trekking though the countryside to catch bats in their caves in an effort to trace the murky origins of the coronavirus.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Penelitian awal di China telah menunjukkan kelelawar jenis tapal kuda sebagai sumber virus Corona yang telah menyerang lebih dari 20,5 juta orang di seluruh dunia.  

Researchers put on PPE suits and stand in front of a cave entrance as they prepare to catch bats at Sai Yok National Park in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, July 31, 2020. Researchers in Thailand have been trekking though the countryside to catch bats in their caves in an effort to trace the murky origins of the coronavirus.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thailand memiliki 19 spesies kelelawar tapal kuda, namun semua itu belum diuji.  

Researchers put on PPE suits and stand in front of a cave entrance as they prepare to catch bats at Sai Yok National Park in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, July 31, 2020. Researchers in Thailand have been trekking though the countryside to catch bats in their caves in an effort to trace the murky origins of the coronavirus.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Peneliti Thailand mendaki bukit di Taman Nasional Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi, untuk memasang jaring dan menjebak sekitar 200 kelelawar dari tiga gua yang berbeda.  

Researchers put on PPE suits and stand in front of a cave entrance as they prepare to catch bats at Sai Yok National Park in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, July 31, 2020. Researchers in Thailand have been trekking though the countryside to catch bats in their caves in an effort to trace the murky origins of the coronavirus.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Tim dari Pusat Ilmu Kesehatan Penyakit Menular Palang Merah Thailand mengambil sampel air liur, darah, dan feses dari kelelawar sebelum melepaskannya kembali.  

Researchers put on PPE suits and stand in front of a cave entrance as they prepare to catch bats at Sai Yok National Park in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, July 31, 2020. Researchers in Thailand have been trekking though the countryside to catch bats in their caves in an effort to trace the murky origins of the coronavirus.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Para ilmuan itu tidak hanya mengambil sampel dari kelelawar tapal kuda tapi juga dari spesies kelelawar lainnya yang mereka tangkap.  

Researchers put on PPE suits and stand in front of a cave entrance as they prepare to catch bats at Sai Yok National Park in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, July 31, 2020. Researchers in Thailand have been trekking though the countryside to catch bats in their caves in an effort to trace the murky origins of the coronavirus.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Tim tersebut dipimpin oleh Supaporn Wacharapluesadee, wakil kepala pusat penelitian tersebut. Beliau telah mempelajari kelelawar dan penyakit yang terkait dengan hewan jenis itu selama lebih dari 20 tahun.  

Researchers put on PPE suits and stand in front of a cave entrance as they prepare to catch bats at Sai Yok National Park in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, July 31, 2020. Researchers in Thailand have been trekking though the countryside to catch bats in their caves in an effort to trace the murky origins of the coronavirus.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Supaporn merupakan bagian dari kelompok yang membantu Thailand mengonfirmasi kasus COVID-19 pertama di luar China pada Januari lalu.  

Researchers put on PPE suits and stand in front of a cave entrance as they prepare to catch bats at Sai Yok National Park in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, July 31, 2020. Researchers in Thailand have been trekking though the countryside to catch bats in their caves in an effort to trace the murky origins of the coronavirus.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Supaporn yakin bahwa mereka akan bisa menemukan kelelawar di Thailand yang memiliki virus penyebab COVID-19.  

Ilmuwan Thailand Berburu Kelelawar untuk Lacak Asal Usul Corona
Ilmuwan Thailand Berburu Kelelawar untuk Lacak Asal Usul Corona
Ilmuwan Thailand Berburu Kelelawar untuk Lacak Asal Usul Corona
Ilmuwan Thailand Berburu Kelelawar untuk Lacak Asal Usul Corona
Ilmuwan Thailand Berburu Kelelawar untuk Lacak Asal Usul Corona
Ilmuwan Thailand Berburu Kelelawar untuk Lacak Asal Usul Corona
Ilmuwan Thailand Berburu Kelelawar untuk Lacak Asal Usul Corona
Ilmuwan Thailand Berburu Kelelawar untuk Lacak Asal Usul Corona
Ilmuwan Thailand Berburu Kelelawar untuk Lacak Asal Usul Corona
Ilmuwan Thailand Berburu Kelelawar untuk Lacak Asal Usul Corona