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Title: Henipavirus RNA in African bats
Authors: Drexler, Jan Felix
Corman, Victor Max
Gloza-Rausch, Florian
Seebens, Antje
Sylverken, Augustina Angelina
et. al
Issue Date: 28-Jul-2009
Publisher: PLoS ONE
Citation: Drexler JF, Corman VM, Gloza-Rausch F, Seebens A, Annan A, et al. (2009) Henipavirus RNA in African Bats. PLoS ONE 4(7): e6367. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0006367
Abstract: Background: Henipaviruses (Hendra and Nipah virus) are highly pathogenic members of the family Paramyxoviridae. Fruiteating bats of the Pteropus genus have been suggested as their natural reservoir. Human Henipavirus infections have been reported in a region extending from Australia via Malaysia into Bangladesh, compatible with the geographic range of Pteropus. These bats do not occur in continental Africa, but a whole range of other fruit bats is encountered. One of the most abundant is Eidolon helvum, the African Straw-coloured fruit bat. Methodology/Principal Findings: Feces from E. helvum roosting in an urban setting in Kumasi/Ghana were tested for Henipavirus RNA. Sequences of three novel viruses in phylogenetic relationship to known Henipaviruses were detected. Virus RNA concentrations in feces were low. Conclusions/Significance: The finding of novel putative Henipaviruses outside Australia and Asia contributes a significant extension of the region of potential endemicity of one of the most pathogenic virus genera known in humans.
Description: An article published by PLoS ONE and also available by doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0006367
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/12539
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