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CALLISTO shows an article published on 19 November in the BBC News website, section Science & Environment, concerning viruses harbored by fruit bats found in Africa.

The article arises from a recent study developed by a team of scientists, coming from UK, Australia, USA, Ghana and Singapore, studying such zoonotic viruses.

In the study, published in Nature Communications, researchers analyses that henipaviruses, transmittable to animals and humans, and a disease, similar to rabies, are prevalent in this species of fruit bat of Africa.

A potential risk is identified, since the bats, recognized as “mixing pot” for viruses, some of which are zoonotic, settle close to cities and are also hunted.

To read more about this study, visit the following links: