Human betacoronavirus 2c EMC/2012-related viruses in bats, Ghana and Europe

Augustina Annan, Heather J. Baldwin, Samuel Oppong, Yaw Adu Sarkodie, Elisabeth K. V. Kalko, Peter H. C. Lina, Elena V. Godlevska, Chantal Reusken, Antje Seebens, Florian Gloza-Rausch, Peter Vallo, Marco Tschapka, Victor Max Corman, Christian Drosten, Jan Felix Drexler, Stefan M. Klose, Michael Owusu, Evans Ewa Nkrumah, Ebenezer Kofi Badu, Priscilla Anti & 2 others Olivia Agbenyega, Benjamin Meyer

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Abstract

We screened fecal specimens of 4,758 bats from Ghana and 272 bats from 4 European countries for betacoronaviruses. Viruses related to the novel human betacoronavirus EMC/2012 were detected in 46 (24.9%) of 185 Nycteris bats and 40 (14.7%) of 272 Pipistrellus bats. Their genetic relatedness indicated EMC/2012 originated from bats.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)456-459
Number of pages4
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    Annan, A., Baldwin, H. J., Oppong, S., Sarkodie, Y. A., Kalko, E. K. V., Lina, P. H. C., ... Meyer, B. (2013). Human betacoronavirus 2c EMC/2012-related viruses in bats, Ghana and Europe. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 19(3), 456-459. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid1903.121503