Tuesday, 03 September 2013 01:42

Is Wallace’s Line a Barrier to Nipah Virus? The Distribution of Henipaviruses in Southeast Asia and Australasia

Written by  Andrew C. Breed, Joanne Meers, Indrawati Sendow, Katharine N. Bossart, Jennifer A. Barr, Ina Smith, Supaporn Wacharapluesadee, Linfa Wang and Hume E. Field

Andrew C. Breed12*, Joanne Meers2, Indrawati Sendow3, Katharine N. Bossart4, Jennifer A. Barr4, Ina Smith4, Supaporn Wacharapluesadee5, Linfa Wang4 and Hume E. Field6
*1 Epidemiology, Surveillance and Risk Group, Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Addlestone, Surrey, UK
2 School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
3 Balai Besar Penelitian Veteriner, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia
4 Australian Animal Health Laboratory, CSIRO Livestock Industries, East Geelong, Victoria, Australia
5 Neuroscience Center for Research and Development, Faculty of Medicine Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
6 Biosecurity Queensland, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Nipah virus (NiV) (Genus Henipavirus) is a recently emerged zoonotic virus that causes severe disease in humans and has been found in bats of the genus Pteropus. Whilst NiV has not been detected in Australia, evidence for NiV-infection has been found in pteropid bats in Malaysia and Indonesia. The aim of this study was to determine the occurrence of henipaviruses in fruit bat (Family Pteropodidae) populations to the north of Australia. Abstract available for download below.

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