Virologica Sinica

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 100–104 | Cite as

Novel coronaviruses and astroviruses in bats

  • Daniel K. W. Chu
  • J. S. Malik Peiris
  • Leo L. M. PoonEmail author


Zoonotic transmissions of emerging pathogens from wildlife to human have shaped the history of mankind. These events have also highlighted our poor understanding of microorganisms circulated in wild animals. Coronaviruses and astroviruses, which can be found from a wide range of mammals, were recently detected in bats. Strikingly, these bat viruses are genetically highly diverse and these interesting findings might help to better understand the evolution and ecology of these viruses. The discoveries of these novel bats viruses not only suggested that bats are important hosts for these virus families, but also reiterated the role of bats as a reservoir of viruses that might pose a zoonotic threat to human health.

Key words

Coronavirus Astroviruses Emerging pathogens 


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© Wuhan Institute of Virology, CAS and Springer-Verlag GmbH 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel K. W. Chu
    • 1
  • J. S. Malik Peiris
    • 1
  • Leo L. M. Poon
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Department of MicrobiologyThe University of Hong KongHong Kong SARChina

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