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Alphacoronavirus in a Daubenton's Myotis Bat (Myotis daubentonii) in Sweden

Lwande, Olivia Wesula and Thalin, Therese and de Jong, Johnny and Sjodin, Andreas and Naslund, Jonas and Evander, Magnus and Ecke, Frauke (2022). Alphacoronavirus in a Daubenton's Myotis Bat (Myotis daubentonii) in Sweden. Viruses. 14 :3 , 556
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Abstract

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has stimulated a search for reservoirs and species potentially involved in back and forth transmission. Studies have postulated bats as one of the key reservoirs of coronaviruses (CoVs), and different CoVs have been detected in bats. So far, CoVs have not been found in bats in Sweden and we therefore tested whether they carry CoVs. In summer 2020, we sampled a total of 77 adult bats comprising 74 Myotis daubentonii, 2 Pipistrellus pygmaeus, and 1 M. mystacinus bats in southern Sweden. Blood, saliva and feces were sampled, processed and subjected to a virus next-generation sequencing target enrichment protocol. An Alphacoronavirus was detected and sequenced from feces of a M. daubentonii adult female bat. Phylogenetic analysis of the almost complete virus genome revealed a close relationship with Finnish and Danish strains. This was the first finding of a CoV in bats in Sweden, and bats may play a role in the transmission cycle of CoVs in Sweden. Focused and targeted surveillance of CoVs in bats is warranted, with consideration of potential conflicts between public health and nature conservation required as many bat species in Europe are threatened and protected.

Authors/Creators:Lwande, Olivia Wesula and Thalin, Therese and de Jong, Johnny and Sjodin, Andreas and Naslund, Jonas and Evander, Magnus and Ecke, Frauke
Title:Alphacoronavirus in a Daubenton's Myotis Bat (Myotis daubentonii) in Sweden
Series Name/Journal:Viruses
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:14
Number:3
Article number:556
Number of Pages:10
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:1999-4915
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Microbiology (Microbiology in the medical area to be 30109)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 403 Veterinary Science > Clinical Science
Keywords:coronavirus, bats, Myotis daubentonii, Pipistrellus pygmaeus, Sweden
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116788
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116788
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Type of IDID
DOI10.3390/v14030556
Web of Science (WoS)000774647500001
ID Code:27646
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development

(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:28 Apr 2022 14:25
Metadata Last Modified:12 Sep 2022 21:19

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