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Volume 14, Number 6—June 2008

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Antibodies against Lagos Bat Virus in Megachiroptera from West Africa

David T.S. Hayman*†‡, Anthony R. Fooks†Comments to Author , Daniel Horton*†, Richard Suu-Ire§, Andrew C. Breed¶, Andrew A. Cunningham‡, and James L.N. Wood*
Author affiliations: *University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK; †Veterinary Laboratories Agency Weybridge, Surrey, UK; ‡Institute of Zoology, London, UK; §Wildlife Division of the Ghana Forestry Commission, Accra, Ghana; ¶University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia;

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Antibody titers to Lagos bat virus (LBV) in 6 species of fruit bat in Ghana. An LBV-specific modified fluorescent antibody neutralization test was used to determine the level of antibody in bats; it used two 3-fold serial dilutions and derived a mean dilution at which the bats neutralized LBV. Bats with mean titers >9 were considered positive. The circle size represents the number of bats tested. 1, Epomops franqueti; 2, Epomophorus gambianus; 3, Epomops buettikoferi; 4, Eidolon helvum; 5, Hypsignathus monstrosus; 6, Nanonycteris veldkampii.

Figure 1. Antibody titers to Lagos bat virus (LBV) in 6 species of fruit bat in Ghana. An LBV-specific modified fluorescent antibody neutralization test was used to determine the level of antibody in bats; it used two 3-fold serial dilutions and derived a mean dilution at which the bats neutralized LBV. Bats with mean titers >9 were considered positive. The circle size represents the number of bats tested. 1, Epomops franqueti; 2, Epomophorus gambianus; 3, Epomops buettikoferi; 4, Eidolon helvum; 5, Hypsignathus monstrosus; 6, Nanonycteris veldkampii.

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