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Bat population genetics and Lyssavirus presence in Great Britain

Smith, G. C., Aegerter, J. N., Allnutt, T. R., MacNicoll, A. D., Learmount, J., Hutson, A. M. and Atterby, H. 2011, Bat population genetics and Lyssavirus presence in Great Britain, Epidemiology and infection, vol. 139, no. 10, pp. 1463-1469, doi: 10.1017/S0950268810002876.

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Title Bat population genetics and Lyssavirus presence in Great Britain
Author(s) Smith, G. C.
Aegerter, J. N.
Allnutt, T. R.ORCID iD for Allnutt, T. R. orcid.org/0000-0002-1347-3777
MacNicoll, A. D.
Learmount, J.
Hutson, A. M.
Atterby, H.
Journal name Epidemiology and infection
Volume number 139
Issue number 10
Start page 1463
End page 1469
Total pages 7
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, Eng.
Publication date 2011-10
ISSN 0950-2688
1469-4409
Keyword(s) Animals
Chiroptera
Genetics, Population
Lyssavirus
Microsatellite Repeats
Prevalence
Rabies
United Kingdom
Summary Most lyssaviruses appear to have bat species as reservoir hosts. In Europe, of around 800 reported cases in bats, most were of European bat lyssavirus type 1 (EBLV-1) in Eptesicus serotinus (where the bat species was identified). About 20 cases of EBLV-2 were recorded, and these were in Myotis daubentonii and M. dasycneme. Through a passive surveillance scheme, Britain reports about one case a year of EBLV-2, but no cases of the more prevalent EBLV-1. An analysis of E. serotinus and M. daubentonii bat genetics in Britain reveals more structure in the former population than in the latter. Here we briefly review these differences, ask if this correlates with dispersal and movement patterns and use the results to suggest an hypothesis that EBLV-2 is more common than EBLV-1 in the UK, as genetic data suggest greater movement and regular immigration from Europe of M. daubentonii. We further suggest that this genetic approach is useful to anticipate the spread of exotic diseases in bats in any region of the world.
Language eng
DOI 10.1017/S0950268810002876
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2010, Cambridge University Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30086586

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Medicine
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