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Emerg Infect Dis. Reston Ebolavirus Antibodies in Bats, the Philippines

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  • Emerg Infect Dis. Reston Ebolavirus Antibodies in Bats, the Philippines

    [Source: Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, full text: (LINK). Extract, edited.]
    Volume 17, Number 8?August 2011

    Reston Ebolavirus Antibodies in Bats, the Philippines

    Satoshi Taniguchi, Shumpei Watanabe, Joseph S. Masangkay, Tsutomu Omatsu, Tetsuro Ikegami, Phillip Alviola, Naoya Ueda, Koichiro Iha, Hikaru Fujii, Yoshiyuki Ishii, Tetsuya Mizutani, Shuetsu Fukushi, Masayuki Saijo, Ichiro Kurane, Shigeru Kyuwa, Hiroomi Akashi, Yasuhiro Yoshikawa, and Shigeru Morikawa

    Author affiliations: University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (S. Taniguchi, S. Watanabe, N. Ueda, K. Iha, H. Fujii, Y. Ishii, S. Kyuwa, H. Akashi, Y. Yoshikawa); National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo (S. Taniguchi, S. Watanabe, T. Omatsu, K. Iha, T. Mizutani, S. Fukushi, M. Saijo, I. Kurane, S. Morikawa); University of the Philippines, Laguna, the Philippines (J.S. Masangkay, P. Alviola); and University of Texas of Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA (T. Ikegami)

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    To the Editor:

    Filoviruses cause highly lethal hemorrhagic fever in humans and nonhuman primates, except for Reston Ebolavirus (REBOV), which causes severe hemorrhagic fever in macaques. REBOV epizootics among cynomolgus macaques occurred in 1989, 1990, 1992, and 1996 and among swine in 2008. African fruit bats have been suggested to be natural reservoirs for Zaire Ebolavirus and Marburg virus. However, the natural reservoir of REBOV in the Philippines is unknown. Thus, we determined the prevalence of REBOV antibody?positive bats in the Philippines. Permission for this study was obtained from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippines, before collecting bat specimens. Serum specimens from 141 wild-caught bats were collected at several locations during 2008?2009. The bat species tested are summarized in the Table. Captured bats were humanely killed and various tissues were obtained. Carcasses were then provided to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for issuance of a transport permit.
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