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|Title: ||Henipavirus RNA in African bats|
|Authors: ||Drexler, Jan Felix|
Corman, Victor Max
Sylverken, Augustina Angelina
|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/
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