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Molecular characterization of Nipah virus from Pteropus hypomelanus in Southern Thailand

Overview of attention for article published in Virology Journal, March 2016
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Molecular characterization of Nipah virus from Pteropus hypomelanus in Southern Thailand
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Virology Journal, March 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12985-016-0510-x
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Supaporn Wacharapluesadee, Panumas Samseeneam, Mana Phermpool, Thongchai Kaewpom, Apaporn Rodpan, Pattarapol Maneeorn, Phimchanok Srongmongkol, Budsabong Kanchanasaka, Thiravat Hemachudha


Nipah virus (NiV) first emerged in Malaysia in 1998, with two bat species (Pteropus hypomelanus and P. vampyrus) as the putative natural reservoirs. In 2002, NiV IgG antibodies were detected in these species from Thailand, but viral RNA could not be detected for strain characterization. Two strains of NiV (Malaysia and Bangladesh) have been found in P. lylei in central Thailand, although Bangladesh strain, the causative strain for the outbreak in Bangladesh since 2001, was dominant. To understand the diversity of NiV in Thailand, this study identified NiV strain, using molecular characterizations, from P. hypomelanus in southern Thailand. Pooled bat urine specimens were collected from plastic sheet underneath bat roosts in April 2010, and then monthly from December 2010 to May 2011 at an island in southern Thailand. Five in 184 specimens were positive for NiV, using duplex nested RT-PCR assay on partial nucleocapsid fragment (357 bp). Whole sequences of nucleocapsid gene from four bats were characterized. All 5 partial fragments and 4 whole nucleocapsid genes formed a monophyletic with NiV-MY. Our study showed that P. hypomelanus in southern Thailand and from Malaysia, a bordering country, harbored similar NiV. This finding indicates that NiV is not limited to central Thailand or P. lylei species, and it may be a source of inter-species transmission. This indicates a higher potential for a widespread NiV outbreak in Thailand. NiV surveillance in Pteropus bats, the major natural reservoirs, should be conducted continuously in countries or regions with high susceptibility to outbreaks.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 55 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 14 25%
Student > Bachelor 10 18%
Researcher 10 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 9%
Student > Postgraduate 2 4%
Other 2 4%
Unknown 12 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 9 16%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 8 15%
Medicine and Dentistry 6 11%
Immunology and Microbiology 5 9%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 4 7%
Other 9 16%
Unknown 14 25%

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