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Emerging Viruses: Coming in on a Wrinkled Wing and a Prayer

Halpin, K., Hyatt, A.D., Plowright, R.K., Epstein, J.H., Daszak, P., Field, H.E., Wang, L. and Daniels, P.W. (2007) Emerging Viruses: Coming in on a Wrinkled Wing and a Prayer. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 44 (5). pp. 711-717.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/511078

Publisher URL: http://www.idsociety.org/


The role that bats have played in the emergence of several new infectious diseases has been under review. Bats have been identified as the reservoir hosts of newly emergent viruses such as Nipah virus, Hendra virus, and severe acute respiratory syndrome–like coronaviruses. This article expands on recent findings about bats and viruses and their relevance to human infections. It briefly reviews the history of chiropteran viruses and discusses their emergence in the context of geography, phylogeny, and ecology. The public health and trade impacts of several outbreaks are also discussed. Finally, we attempt to predict where, when, and why we may see the emergence of new chiropteran viruses.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Biosecurity Queensland
Additional Information:© Infectious Diseases Society of America.
Keywords:Chiropteran viruses; infectious diseases; bats; Hendra virus; Nipah virus.
Subjects:Veterinary medicine > Veterinary epidemiology. Epizootiology
Veterinary medicine > Diseases of special classes of animals
Deposited On:20 Jan 2009 06:39
Last Modified:08 Jun 2011 04:29

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