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Are bugs giving you the flu? Groundbreaking study reveals insects, spiders and worms in homes and gardens carry 1,500 viruses

Are bugs giving you the flu? Groundbreaking study reveals insects, spiders and worms in homes and gardens carry 1,500 viruses

Are bugs giving you the flu? Groundbreaking study reveals insects, spiders and worms in homes and gardens carry 1,500 viruses
November 24
17:51 2016

 

Are bugs giving you the flu? Groundbreaking study reveals insects, spiders and worms in homes and gardens carry 1,500 viruses

Up to 1,500 viruses are discovered in everyday insects, worms, spiders

Sydney University releases new study that ‘re-writes the virology textbook’

Insects are the ‘true hosts for many types of virus’ that affect humans

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By Kate Darvall For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 17:39 EST, 23 November 2016 |

Almost 1,500 viruses have been found in the bugs and spiders that live in homes and backyards, the University of Sydney has now discovered.

The remarkable number of diseases have been uncovered in insects, spiders and worms – those insects surrounding humans in their day-to-day lives.

The number has baffled researchers who say its far more than ever thought before.

The university claimed the number of diseases even ‘re-writes the virology textbook’.

In the study released on Thursday, the University of Sydney also found that human diseases like the common flu was derived from those diseases found in insects.

And while the study showed that invertebrates like insects were the ‘true hosts for many types of virus’ researchers revealed it was not all bad news.

Professor Edward Holmes from the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity lead the project and said although humans were surrounded by the viruses, they did not transfer easily.

While insects like mosquitoes were well-known for their potential to transmit viruses like the dangerous zika and dengue, Professor Holmes said the majority of insects shouldn’t be feared because most were not transferable to humans.

The ground-breaking study results, which were released on Thursday, also reveal good news for human diseases.

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