PerspectiveVirology

What Links Bats to Emerging Infectious Diseases?

Science  28 Oct 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5748, pp. 628-629
DOI: 10.1126/science.1120872

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The discovery that bats are the reservoir hosts of the coronavirus that causes SARS in humans raises important questions about how we monitor and control emergent disease outbreaks. In his Perspective, Dobson focuses on the need to know more about the distribution of pathogens in their natural reservoir hosts and asks whether the absence of pathology that characterizes these relationships may reflect subtle differences in the immune responses of bats.