Bombali Ebolavirus in Mops condylurus Bats (Molossidae), Mozambique

Emerg Infect Dis. 2022 Dec;28(12):2583-2585. doi: 10.3201/eid2812.220853.


We detected Bombali ebolavirus RNA in 3 free-tailed bats (Mops condylurus, Molossidae) in Mozambique. Sequencing of the large protein gene revealed 98% identity with viruses previously detected in Sierra Leone, Kenya, and Guinea. Our findings further support the suspected role of Mops condylurus bats in maintaining Bombali ebolavirus.

Keywords: Bombali ebolavirus; Mops condylurus; Mozambique; viruses.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chiroptera*
  • Ebolavirus* / genetics
  • Guinea / epidemiology
  • Kenya
  • Mozambique / epidemiology