2012-09-01Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.25646/1212
Henipavirus-related Sequences in Fruit Bat Bushmeat, Republic of Congo
Parra, Henri- Joseph
Wolfe, Nathan D.
Schneider, Bradley S.
TO THE EDITOR: Bats are hosts for various emerging viruses, including the zoonotic paramyxoviruses Hendra virus and Nipah virus, which occur in Australia and Southeast Asia, respectively, and cause severe disease outbreaks among humans and livestock (1). Antibodies and henipavirus-related RNA have also been found in the straw-colored fruit bat, Eidolon helvum, in Ghana, West Africa (2,3). These bats are a chief protein source for humans in sub-Saharan Africa and are therefore targeted by hunters (4,5). This practice raises special concern about the risk for virus transmission from bats to humans.
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