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Emerg Infect Dis. 2007 Dec;13(12):1847-51. doi: 10.3201/eid1312.071115.

Studies of reservoir hosts for Marburg virus.

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National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Sandringham, Republic of South Africa. bobs@nicd.ac.za

Abstract

To determine reservoir hosts for Marburg virus (MARV), we examined the fauna of a mine in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The mine was associated with a protracted outbreak of Marburg hemorrhagic fever during 1998-2000. We found MARV nucleic acid in 12 bats, comprising 3.0%-3.6% of 2 species of insectivorous bat and 1 species of fruit bat. We found antibody to the virus in the serum of 9.7% of 1 of the insectivorous species and in 20.5% of the fruit bat species, but attempts to isolate virus were unsuccessful.

PMID:
18258034
PMCID:
PMC2876776
DOI:
10.3201/eid1312.071115
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