Hantavirus antibodies among phyllostomid bats from the arc of deforestation in Southern Amazonia, Brazil

Gilberto Sabino-Santos, Francimeire Fernandes Ferreira, David José Ferreira da Silva, Danilo Melo Machado, Sergio Gomes da Silva, Christine Steiner São Bernardo, Manoel dos Santos Filho, Taal Levi, Luiz Tadeu Moraes Figueiredo, Carlos A. Peres, Roberta Vieira de Morais Bronzoni, Gustavo Rodrigues Canale

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In order to determine whether southern Amazonian bats could harbour hantaviruses we, serologically and molecularly, screened blood, saliva, excreta and organ tissues of 47 bats captured from September to December 2015. We found that only phyllostomid bats presented antibodies against hantavirus. The seropositive bats belonged to two species of Phyllostomid bats: the greater spear-nosed bat Phyllostomus hastatus (omnivorous) and the gnome fruit-eating bat Dermanura gnoma. The overall seroprevalence was of 4.2%. Therefore, we show here that hantaviruses are circulating among phyllostomid bats in the Amazonian arc of deforestation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1045-1051
Number of pages7
JournalTransboundary and Emerging Diseases
Issue number3
Early online date2 Dec 2019
Publication statusPublished - May 2020


  • arc of deforestation
  • hantavirus infection
  • Neotropical bats
  • spillover

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