Explained: What is Yaravirus?

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News: Scientists have discovered a new virus in Lake Pampulha.

Facts:

  • The new virus has been named Yaravirus after “Yara,” the mother of waters — an important character in the mythological stories of the Tupi-Guarani indigenous tribes
  • Over 90% of the Yaravirus genome has never been documented in viral research
  • The virus infects amoeba. It does not infect human cells.

Note: Lake Pampulha is an artificial lagoon in the city of Belo Horizonte in Brazil.