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Emerg Infect Dis. 2008 Aug;14(8):1309-11. doi: 10.3201/eid1408.071492.

Henipavirus infection in fruit bats (Pteropus giganteus), India.

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The Consortium for Conservation Medicine, New York, New York 10001, USA. epstein@conservationmedicine.org

Abstract

We tested 41 bats for antibodies against Nipah and Hendra viruses to determine whether henipaviruses circulate in pteropid fruit bats (Pteropus giganteus) in northern India. Twenty bats were seropositive for Nipah virus, which suggests circulation in this species, thereby extending the known distribution of henipaviruses in Asia westward by >1,000 km.

PMID:
18680665
PMCID:
PMC2600370
DOI:
10.3201/eid1408.071492
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