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Researchers Identify Henipavirus in Fruit Bats

BBC News reports on a study published in Nature Communications that has found that fruit bats may harbor more diseases than previously thought. The study tested more than 2,000 bats from 12 different countries and used “genetic and serological analyses” to determine epidemiological connectivity across geographical locations. Researchers found that 42% of the bats were carrying henipavirus, which can be deadly to other animals and to humans, “particularly in the form of the Hendra virus.” Though researchers did not identify cases in which the virus spread to humans in Africa, they urge for more attentive surveillance especially in people who live in close proximity to the bats.

Read the article published by BBC News.

Read the study in Nature Communications.