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Virologica Sinica, 31 (1) : 78-80, 2016
Longitudinal surveillance of SARS-like coronaviruses in bats by quantitative real-time PCR
1. Key Laboratory of Special Pathogens and Biosafety, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan 430071, China
2. Yunnan Provincial Key Laboratory for Zoonosis Control and Prevention, Yunnan Institute of Endemic Diseases Control and Prevention, Dali 671000, China
 Correspondence: zlshi@wh.iov.cn
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In previous studies, the authors have found diverse SARS-like coronaviruses (SL-CoVs) in a single bat colony. To investigate the spatio-temporal dynamics of these viruses, a longitudinal surveillance of bat SL-CoV from a total of 431 bat fecal samples collected during 2011 to 2014 from the Yunnan in China using quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) by targeting the nucleocapsid (N) and RNA dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) genes was conducted in this study. The authors demonstrated that the detection rate of the SL-CoV was higher during July to October providing useful information that might be helpful for surveillance of potential transmission of bats in the future.
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Received: 16 Dec 2015  Accepted: 23 Jan 2016  Published online: 18 Feb 2016
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