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Virologica Sinica, 32 (3) : 226, 2017
Research Article
Detection of diverse viruses in alimentary specimens of bats in Macau
1. College of Life Science, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou 510006, China
2. Guangdong Key Laboratory of Animal Conservation and Resource Utilization, Guangdong PublicLaboratory of Wild Animal Conservation and Utilization, Guangdong Institute of Applied BiologicalResources, Guangzhou 510260, China
3. CAS Key Laboratory of Special Pathogens, Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Wuhan Institute ofVirology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan 430071, China
4. Macau Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, Macao SAR, China
 Correspondence: zhanglb@gdei.gd.cn;wuyizhouq@263.net
Bats carry a variety of viruses,and some of them cause public health problems.Macau,which is famous for its gambling industry,has a complex population structure.The globalization in such an international metropolis has enhanced the chance of disease transmission.Therefore,surveillance of zoonotic viruses is necessary for the early warning of potential emerging infectious diseases. Here,we report the first surveillance of bat viruses in Macau.In this study,we collected 1004 samples involving 10 bat species from 7 sites from April 2015 to May 2016,and examined the presence of viruses using nucleic acid-based methods.Coronaviruses,adenoviruses and paramyxoviruses were detected in these samples,with a high prevalence of coronaviruses.While, none was positive for hepatitis A virus,hepatitis E virus or hantavirus.Co-infections are not common in those bat species,but coronavirus HKU6 and adenovirus can be found commonly occurred in Myotis ricketti.
Received: 12 Mar 2017  Accepted: 12 Mar 2017  Published online: 1 Jun 2017
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