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Detection of novel SARS-like and other coronaviruses in bats from Kenya

Suxiang Tong, Christina Conrardy, Susan Ruone, Ivan V Kuzmin, Xiling Guo, Ying Tao, Michael Niezgoda, Lia Haynes, Bernard Agwanda, Robert F Breiman, Larry J Anderson, Charles E Rupprecht
Emerging Infectious Diseases 2009, 15 (3): 482-5
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Diverse coronaviruses have been identified in bats from several continents but not from Africa. We identified group 1 and 2 coronaviruses in bats in Kenya, including SARS-related coronaviruses. The sequence diversity suggests that bats are well-established reservoirs for and likely sources of coronaviruses for many species, including humans.

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