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First detection of adenovirus in the vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus) in Brazil
- Lima, Francisco Esmaile de Sales, Cibulski, Samuel Paulo, Elesbao, Felipe, Carnieli Junior, Pedro, Batista, Helena Beatriz de Carvalho Ruthner, Roehe, Paulo Michel, Franco, Ana Cláudia
- Virus genes 2013 v.47 no.2 pp. 378-381
- DNA, DNA-directed DNA polymerase, Desmodus, Equine adenovirus A, genes, polymerase chain reaction, rabies, Brazil
- This paper describes the first detection of adenovirus in a Brazilian Desmodus rotundus bat, the common vampire bat. As part of a continuous rabies surveillance program, three bat specimens were captured in Southern Brazil. Total DNA was extracted from pooled organs and submitted to a nested PCR designed to amplify a 280 bp long portion of the DNA polymerase gene of adenoviruses. One positive sample was subjected to nucleotide sequencing, confirming that this DNA fragment belongs to a member of the genus Mastadenovirus. This sequence is approximately 25 % divergent at the nucleotide level from equine adenovirus 1 and two other recently characterized bat adenoviruses.