Novel SARS-like betacoronaviruses in bats, China, 2011

Emerg Infect Dis. 2013 Jun;19(6):989-91. doi: 10.3201/eid1906.121648.


To clarify the evolutionary relationships among betavoronaviruses that infect bats, we analyzed samples collected during 2010-2011 from 14 insectivorous bat species in China. We identified complete genomes of 2 novel betacoronaviruses in Rhinolophus pusillus and Chaerephon plicata bats, which showed close genetic relationships with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronaviruses.

Keywords: China; Chiroptera; Coronavirus; SARS virus; bats; viruses.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chiroptera / virology*
  • Coronavirus / classification*
  • Coronavirus / genetics
  • Coronavirus / isolation & purification
  • Genes, Viral
  • Genome, Viral
  • High-Throughput Nucleotide Sequencing
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Phylogeny

Associated data

  • GENBANK/JX993987
  • GENBANK/JX993988