Bats as reservoirs of severe emerging infectious diseases

Hui Ju Han, Hong ling Wen, Chuan Min Zhou, Fang Fang Chen, Li Mei Luo, Jian wei Liu, Xue Jie Yu

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Abstract

In recent years severe infectious diseases have been constantly emerging, causing panic in the world. Now we know that many of these terrible diseases are caused by viruses originated from bats (Table 1), such as Ebola virus, Marburg, SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV), MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV), Nipah virus (NiV) and Hendra virus (HeV). These viruses have co-evolved with bats due to bats' special social, biological and immunological features. Although bats are not in close contact with humans, spillover of viruses from bats to intermediate animal hosts, such as horses, pigs, civets, or non-human primates, is thought to be the most likely mode to cause human infection. Humans may also become infected with viruses through aerosol by intruding into bat roosting caves or via direct contact with bats, such as catching bats or been bitten by bats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalVirus Research
Volume205
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2 2015

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Keywords

  • Bat
  • Ebola
  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Hendra
  • MERS
  • Natural reservoir
  • Nipah
  • SARS
  • Viruses

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  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Cancer Research

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Han, H. J., Wen, H. L., Zhou, C. M., Chen, F. F., Luo, L. M., Liu, J. W., & Yu, X. J. (2015). Bats as reservoirs of severe emerging infectious diseases. Virus Research, 205, 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.virusres.2015.05.006

Bats as reservoirs of severe emerging infectious diseases. / Han, Hui Ju; Wen, Hong ling; Zhou, Chuan Min; Chen, Fang Fang; Luo, Li Mei; Liu, Jian wei; Yu, Xue Jie.

In: Virus Research, Vol. 205, 02.07.2015, p. 1-6.

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Han, HJ, Wen, HL, Zhou, CM, Chen, FF, Luo, LM, Liu, JW & Yu, XJ 2015, 'Bats as reservoirs of severe emerging infectious diseases', Virus Research, vol. 205, pp. 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.virusres.2015.05.006
Han HJ, Wen HL, Zhou CM, Chen FF, Luo LM, Liu JW et al. Bats as reservoirs of severe emerging infectious diseases. Virus Research. 2015 Jul 2;205:1-6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.virusres.2015.05.006
Han, Hui Ju ; Wen, Hong ling ; Zhou, Chuan Min ; Chen, Fang Fang ; Luo, Li Mei ; Liu, Jian wei ; Yu, Xue Jie. / Bats as reservoirs of severe emerging infectious diseases. In: Virus Research. 2015 ; Vol. 205. pp. 1-6.
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