Flying foxes in SA exposed to zoonotic viruses

(University of Adelaide) University of Adelaide researchers have found that South Australia's population of Grey-headed flying foxes, which took up residence in 2010, has been exposed to a number of viruses, including Hendra virus that can be transmitted to humans via horses. But they have not found evidence of exposure to Australian bat lyssavirus.
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Source: American Journal of Neuroradiology - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: ADULT BRAIN Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Biological Chemistry - Category: Chemistry Authors: Tags: JBC Reviews Source Type: research
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Source: The Lancet - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Biological Sciences Source Type: research
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Source: PLoS Biology: Archived Table of Contents - Category: Biology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Viruses - Category: Virology Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
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Source: International Journal of Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: 19.007 Source Type: research
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Source: International Journal of Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: 03.013 Source Type: research
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Source: Current Opinion in Virology - Category: Virology Source Type: research
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