Detection of a novel herpesvirus from bats in the Philippines

Kaori Sano, Sachiko Okazaki, Satoshi Taniguchi, Joseph S. Masangkay, Roberto Puentespina, Eduardo Eres, Edison Cosico, Niña Quibod, Taisuke Kondo, Hiroshi Shimoda, Yuuki Hatta, Shumpei Mitomo, Mami Oba, Yukie Katayama, Yukiko Sassa, Tetsuya Furuya, Makoto Nagai, Yumi Une, Ken Maeda, Shigeru KyuwaYasuhiro Yoshikawa, Hiroomi Akashi, Tsutomu Omatsu, Tetsuya Mizutani

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Bats are natural hosts of many zoonotic viruses. Monitoring bat viruses is important to detect novel bat-borne infectious diseases. In this study, next generation sequencing techniques and conventional PCR were used to analyze intestine, lung, and blood clot samples collected from wild bats captured at three locations in Davao region, in the Philippines in 2012. Different viral genes belonging to the Retroviridae and Herpesviridae families were identified using next generation sequencing. The existence of herpesvirus in the samples was confirmed by PCR using herpesvirus consensus primers. The nucleotide sequences of the resulting PCR amplicons were 166-bp. Further phylogenetic analysis identified that the virus from which this nucleotide sequence was obtained belonged to the Gammaherpesvirinae subfamily. PCR using primers specific to the nucleotide sequence obtained revealed that the infection rate among the captured bats was 30 %. In this study, we present the partial genome of a novel gammaherpesvirus detected from wild bats. Our observations also indicate that this herpesvirus may be widely distributed in bat populations in Davao region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-139
Number of pages4
JournalVirus Genes
Issue number1
StatePublished - 29 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Bats
  • Herpesvirus
  • Next generation sequencing
  • The Philippines


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