Gregory Gray, M.D., M.P.H.

Gregory Gray, M.D., M.P.H.

Institution: University of Texas Medical Branch

Project: Studying First Canine-Like Coronavirus Associated with Disease in Humans

Grant(s): COVID-19 Respiratory Virus Research Award

Pandemic viruses often originate in animals, but over time gain the ability to infect human cells. In order to prevent future pandemics, it will be important to develop tools to quickly identify new viruses that have the potential to infect humans. We recently detected, cultured, and fully sequenced the first canine-like coronavirus (CCoV) associated with clinical disease in humans, which we have named CCoV-HuPn-2018. Our interdisciplinary and international team will develop molecular and serologic tools to detect CCoV-HuPn-2018 or CCoV-HuPn-2018 infection. Next, we will use these tools to determine how common the virus is among pneumonia patients and the general population in Sarawak, Malaysia. Finally, we will examine questionnaire data from study participants to see if we can identify risk factors for CCoV-HuPn-2018 infection. These data will be valuable to public health officials in discerning if this virus is a localized “one-off” novel coronavirus discovery or a pre-pandemic threat to be considered more broadly.

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