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Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo

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ALMEIDA, Marilene Fernandes de et al. Characterization of rabies virus isolated from a colony of Eptesicus furinalis bats in Brazil. Rev. Inst. Med. trop. S. Paulo [online]. 2011, vol.53, n.1, pp.31-37. ISSN 1678-9946.

Some bat species have adapted to the expanding human population by acquiring the ability to roost in urban buildings, increasing the exposure risk for people and domestic animals, and consequently, the likelihood of transmitting rabies. Three dead bats were found in the yard of a house in an urban area of Jundiaí city in the state of São Paulo in southeast Brazil. Two of the three bats tested positive for rabies, using Fluorescent Antibody and Mouse Inoculation techniques. A large colony of Eptesicus furinalis was found in the house's attic, and of the 119 bats captured, four more tested positive for rabies. The objectives of this study were to report the rabies diagnosis, characterize the isolated virus antigenically and genetically, and study the epidemiology of the colony.

Keywords : Rabies; Bats; Eptesicus furinalis; Antigenic typing; Genetic characterization.

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