Novel hantavirus identified in black-bearded tomb bats, China.


Hantaviruses cause life-threatening diseases in human worldwide. Rodents, insectivores and bats are known hantaviral reservoirs, but lack of complete genomic sequences of bat-borne hantaviruses impedes phylogenetic and evolutionary comparison with those of rodents and insectivores. Here, a novel bat-borne hantavirus, Laibin virus (LBV), has been identified in a black-bearded tomb bat in China. The complete genomic sequence shows that LBV is only distantly related to all previously known bat-borne hantaviruses.

DOI: 10.1016/j.meegid.2015.01.018

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@article{Xu2015NovelHI, title={Novel hantavirus identified in black-bearded tomb bats, China.}, author={Lin Xu and Jianmin Wu and Biao He and Shaomin Qin and Lele Xia and Minchao Qin and Nan Li and Chang-chun Tu}, journal={Infection, genetics and evolution : journal of molecular epidemiology and evolutionary genetics in infectious diseases}, year={2015}, volume={31}, pages={158-60} }