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Volume 14, Number 8—August 2008

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Endemic Circulation of European Bat Lyssavirus Type 1 in Serotine Bats, Spain

Sonia Vázquez-Morón*†Comments to Author , Javier Juste‡, Carlos Ibáñez‡, Eduardo Ruiz-Villamor§, Ana Avellón*, Manuel Vera*, and Juan E. Echevarría*†
Author affiliations: *Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain; †Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), Spain; ‡Estación Biológica de Doñana CSIC, Sevilla. Spain; §Laboratorio Central de Veterinaria de Santa Fe, Granada, Spain;

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European bat lyssavirus type 1 in Eptesicus isabellinus bats, Spain, 1999–2003*

Type of testing RT-PCR RFFIT
Total captures 1,226 626
No. colonies 19 13
Total no. (%) positive
34 (2.8)
51 (9.3)
1998
No. captures 164 151
No. (%) positive
4 (2.4)
10 (6.6)
1999
No. (%) captures 161 90
No. positive
4 (2.5)
5 (5.6)
2000
No. captures 204 128
No. (%) positive
16 (7.8)
12 (9.4)
2001
No. captures 209 96
No. positive
0
4 (4.2%)
2002
No. captures 287 100
No. (%) positive
10 (3.4)
5 (5.0)
2003
No. captures 201 54
No. positive 0 0

*Results obtained during active surveillance. RT-PCR, reverse transcription–PCR, RFFIT, rapid fluorescent focus inhibition test.

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