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Title: Metagenomic Analysis Reveals Previously Undescribed Bat Coronavirus Strains in Eswatini

We investigated the prevalence of coronaviruses in 44 bats from four families in northeastern Eswatini using high-throughput sequencing of fecal samples. We found evidence of coronaviruses in 18% of the bats. We recovered full or near-full-length genomes from two bat species:Chaerephon pumilusandAfronycteris nana, as well as additional coronavirus genome fragments fromC. pumilus,Epomophorus wahlbergi,Mops condylurus, andScotophilus dinganii. All bats from which we detected coronaviruses were captured leaving buildings or near human settlements, demonstrating the importance of continued surveillance of coronaviruses in bats to better understand the prevalence, diversity, and potential risks for spillover.

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p. 421-428
Springer Science + Business Media
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