Failure to detect viral RNA in bat samples collected in the Balkan region
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© 2016 Malaysian Society for Parasitology
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Bats represent a known reservoir of emerging viruses, yet no molecular data are found about the occurrence of zoonotic viruses in bats in the Balkans. The aim of this study was to determine the presence of paramyxo- and hanta-viruses in bats, examined by PCR in 95 deceased bats, that were collected in Serbia and Montenegro, during the period 2002 to 2009. All samples tested positive for beta-actin mRNA, confirming successful RNA isolation and amplification. However, no sample tested positive for virus specific RNA. Our findings might reflect tissue degradation in carcass samples and do not exclude bats as potential viral reservoir in the surveyed geographic area.
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