Ebolavirus antibodies in fruit bats, bangladesh 2013

October 23, 2014

Emerg Infect Dis. 2013 Feb;19(2):270-3. doi: 10.3201/eid1902.120524.
Ebola virus antibodies in fruit bats, bangladesh.
Olival KJ1, Islam A, Yu M, Anthony SJ, Epstein JH, Khan SA, Khan SU, Crameri G, Wang LF, Lipkin WI, Luby SP, Daszak P.
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To determine geographic range for Ebola virus, we tested 276 bats in Bangladesh. Five (3.5%) bats were positive for antibodies against Ebola Zaire and Reston viruses; no virus was detected by PCR. These bats might be a reservoir for Ebola or Ebola-like viruses, and extend the range of filoviruses to mainland Asia.

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