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Volume 15, Number 3—March 2009

Dispatch

Detection of Novel SARS-like and Other Coronaviruses in Bats from Kenya

Suxiang TongComments to Author , Christina Conrardy, Susan Ruone, Ivan V. Kuzmin, Xiling Guo, Ying Tao, Michael Niezgoda, Lia M. Haynes, Bernard Agwanda, Robert F. Breiman, Larry J. Anderson, and Charles E. Rupprecht
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (S. Tong, C. Conrardy, S. Ruone, I.V. Kuzmin, Y. Tao, M. Niezagoda, L. Haynes, L.J. Anderson, C.E. Rupprecht); Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Nanjing, People’s Republic of China (X. Guo); National Museum, Kenya Wildlife Service, Nairobi, Kenya (B. Agwanda); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Kenya, Nairobi (R.F. Briman)

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Results of detection of CoV RNA in fecal swabs of bats from Kenya*

Bat species Geographic location PCR results, no. positive/no. tested Clusters
Cardioderma cor 15 0/10

12
1/3
BtCoVA970-like
Chaerophon sp. 6 1/14 BtHKU7-like
17 6/19 BtHKU7-like, BtKY18-like, SARSCoV-like

3
0/5

Chaerophon pumilus 3 2/3 HCoV229E-like

11
0/4

Coleura afra 11 0/1

14
0/1

Eidolon helvum 4 6/10 BtKY18-like
Epomophorus wahlbergi 9 0/3
Hipposideros commersoni
14
1/10
BtHKU9-like
Hipposideros ruber 2 0/4

5
0/2

Lissonycteris angolensis 5 0/10
Miniopterus africanus 10 1/8 BtCoV1A-like
Miniopterus inflatus 5 7/12 BtCoV1A-like, BtHKU8-like
Miniopterus minor 13 1/16 BtCoV1A-like
Miniopterus natalensis 1 1/7 BtCoV1A-like
Neoromicia tenuipinnis 6 0/4
Otomops martinsseni 7 2/19 BtHKU7-like
Pipistrellus sp. 8 0/1
Rhinolophus hildebrandtii
10
0/4

Rhinolophus sp. 14 0/1
13 0/1

8
0/5

Rousettus aegyptiacus 1 2/10 BtKY18-like
2 2/9 BtCoVA970-like, BtHKU9-like
16 6/9 BtCoVA970-like, BtHKU9-like

13
2/11
BtHKU9-like
Taphozous hildegardeae 14 0/3
Taphozous sp.
11
0/2

Total 41/221 (19%)

*CoV, coronavirus; SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome.

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