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Volume 19, Number 2—February 2013


Ebola Virus Antibodies in Fruit Bats, Bangladesh

Kevin J. OlivalComments to Author , Ariful Islam, Meng Yu, Simon J. Anthony, Jonathan H. Epstein, Shahneaz Ali Khan, Salah Uddin Khan, Gary Crameri, Lin-Fa Wang, W. Ian Lipkin, Stephen P. Luby, and Peter Daszak
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: EcoHealth Alliance, New York, New York, USA (K.J. Olival, A. Islam, S.J. Anthony, J.H. Epstein, P. Daszak); Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Australian Animal Health Laboratory, Geelong, Victoria, Australia (M. Yu, G. Crameri, L.-F. Wang); Duke–National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School, Singapore (L.-F. Wang); Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chittagong, Bangladesh (S.A. Khan); International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh (S.U. Khan, S.P. Luby); Columbia University, New York, New York, USA (W.I. Lipkin)

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Table 2

Bat specimen results for filovirus by PCR and Ebola virus by serologic analysis, Bangladesh, 2010–2011*

Bat species, sex, and sample type No. positive/ no. tested
Cynopterus spp., n = 75, 43 M, 32 F
Feces swab 0/74
Throat swab 0/75
Serum 0/75
Urine/urogenital swab
Macroglossus sobrinus, n = 1, 1 M
Feces swab 0/1
Throat swab 0/1
Serum 0/1
Urine/urogenital swab
Megaderma lyra, n = 56, 23 M, 33 F
Feces swab 0/56
Throat swab 0/56
Serum 0/56
Urine/urogenital swab
Rousettus leschenaultii, n = 141, 106 M, 34 F, 1 ND
Feces swab 0/141
Throat swab 0/140
Serum 5/141
Urine/urogenital swab
Total 5/971

*ND, sex not determined.

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