Bat-man disease transmission: zoonotic pathogens from wildlife reservoirs to human populations

Cell Death Discov. 2016 Jun 27;2:16048. doi: 10.1038/cddiscovery.2016.48. eCollection 2016.


Bats are natural reservoir hosts and sources of infection of several microorganisms, many of which cause severe human diseases. Because of contact between bats and other animals, including humans, the possibility exists for additional interspecies transmissions and resulting disease outbreaks. The purpose of this article is to supply an overview on the main pathogens isolated from bats that have the potential to cause disease in humans.

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