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Emerg Infect Dis. 2013 Mar;19(3):456-9. doi: 10.3201/eid1903.121503.

Human betacoronavirus 2c EMC/2012-related viruses in bats, Ghana and Europe.

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Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine, Kumasi, Ghana.

Abstract

We screened fecal specimens of 4,758 bats from Ghana and 272 bats from 4 European countries for betacoronaviruses. Viruses related to the novel human betacoronavirus EMC/2012 were detected in 46 (24.9%) of 185 Nycteris bats and 40 (14.7%) of 272 Pipistrellus bats. Their genetic relatedness indicated EMC/2012 originated from bats.

KEYWORDS:

Africa; CoV-EMC; Europe; Ghana; bats; coronavirus; human betacoronavirus; viruses

PMID:
23622767
PMCID:
PMC3647674
DOI:
10.3201/eid1903.121503
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