|[stem-ebola] Antiviral immune responses of bats: a review.|
However, in recent years, many novel viruses of human and veterinary importance have been discovered that are hosted, or suspected to be hosted, by bats. In the 1990s, novel paramyxoviruses, Hendra and Nipah viruses, caused outbreaks of fatal disease in Australia and Malaysia (Murray et al., 1995; Chua et al., 2000). Both viruses are hosted by species of pteropid bats. Severe acute respiratory syndrome, caused by a coronavirus, was identified during an outbreak in China and Hong Kong in the early 2000s.
Subsequent research has indicated its ancestor is a batborne virus (Lau et al., 2005; Li et al., 2005). Also in the 2000s, Marburg virus was demonstrated to be hosted by fruit bats, and there is compelling evidence that ebolaviruses are also hosted by fruit bats (Leroy et al., 2005; Towner et al., 2009)."
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23302292 doi#: 10.1111/j.1863-2378.2012.01528.x
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