Detection of Diverse Novel Bat Astrovirus Sequences in the Czech Republic

Lucie Dufkova, Petra Straková, Jana Širmarová, Jiří Salát, Romana Moutelíková, Tomáš Chrudimský, Tomáš Bartonička, Norbert Nowotny, Daniel Růžek*

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Astroviruses are a major cause of gastroenteritis in humans and animals. Recently, novel groups of astroviruses were identified in apparently healthy insectivorous bats. We report the detection of diverse novel astrovirus sequences in nine different European bat species: Eptesicus serotinus, Hypsugo savii, Myotis emarginatus, M. mystacinus, Nyctalus noctula, Pipistrellus nathusii or P. pygmaeus, P. pipistrellus, Vespertilio murinus, and Rhinolophus hipposideros. In six bat species, astrovirus sequences were detected for the first time. One astrovirus strain detected in R. hipposideros clustered phylogenetically with Chinese astrovirus strains originating from bats of the families Rhinolophidae and Hipposideridae. All other Czech astrovirus sequences from vesper bats formed, together with one Hungarian sequence, a separate monophyletic lineage within the bat astrovirus group. These findings provide new insights into the molecular epidemiology, ecology, and prevalence of astroviruses in European bat populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)518-521
Number of pages4
JournalVector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Astrovirus
  • Bat
  • Novel viruses
  • Phylogenetic analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases


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