Author(s): Lambert AJ, Huhtamo E, Di Fatta T, De Andrea M, Borella A,
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Abstract Batai virus (BATV) was identified in mosquitoes in the Caltignaga region of Novarra, northern Italy in 2009. Here, we report the identification of antibodies to BATV in serum samples that were taken from healthy bovines in that region in 2011. BATV has been associated with a mild febrile human illness and identified as the likely parental segment donor in a reassortment event that resulted in the generation of the virulent progeny, Ngari virus. The possible veterinary disease associations of BATV are unknown. The presence of antibodies to BATV in bovine populations confirms local transmission in northern Italy. Given its likely role as a segment donor, an understanding of the geographic and host distributions of BATV is of veterinary and human public health interest.
This article was published in Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis
and referenced in Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals