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Volume 14, Number 6—June 2008

Antibodies against Lagos Bat Virus in Megachiroptera from West Africa

David T.S. Hayman*†‡, Anthony R. Fooks†Comments to Author , Daniel Horton*†, Richard Suu-Ire§, Andrew C. Breed¶, Andrew A. Cunningham‡, and James L.N. Wood*
Author affiliations: *University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK; †Veterinary Laboratories Agency Weybridge, Surrey, UK; ‡Institute of Zoology, London, UK; §Wildlife Division of the Ghana Forestry Commission, Accra, Ghana; ¶University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia;

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Bat species and their respective seroprevalence rates against phylogroups 1and 2 lyssaviruses, Ghana, 2007*

Species Habitat No. caught % Adults tested for LBV antibodies Seroprevalence, % (95% CI, no. tested)
CVS rabies virus LBV
Epomophorus gambianus Savannah† 117 61 0 (49) 3 (0–7, 91)
Eidolon helvum Urban‡ 66 95 0 (57) 37 (24–49, 57)
Epomops franqueti Forest‡ 30 77 0 (3) 0 (31)
Epomops buettikoferi Forest‡ 9 83 0 (5) 30 (0–70, 6)
Hypsignathus monstrosus Forest‡ 18 56 0 (1) 0 (5)
Nanonycteris veldkampii Forest‡ 5 100 NT 0 (4)

*Phylogroup 1 contains challenge virus standard (CVS), genotype 1; phylogroup 2 contains Lagos bat virus (LBV), genotype 2; CI, confidence interval; NT, not tested.
E. gambianus was caught in all habitats, including at the city colony and in plantations.
‡A small number of these species were caught in plantations.

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