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Genetic traces of the new coronavirus have been found in the stool of patients being treated at a hospital in Shenzhen
The findings have prompted researchers to warn of possible faecel-oral spread of the disease, in addition to respiratory droplet transmission and contact

The results have echoed similar findings elsewhere, including in Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus outbreak, and the United States, with some scientists saying the research shows it was possible the virus was transmitted via human excrement.

Researchers at Shi Zhengli’s Laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is administered by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, found nucleic acids in stool samples and anal swabs from a group of coronavirus pneumonia patients in the city, according to a report from state news agency Xinhua.

The scientists concluded that the virus could be transmitted “to a certain degree” via facecal-oral transmission.

He also warned that the virus could be turned to vapour by the force of a toilet flushing, endangering people in the same room.


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