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On the Evolution of Virulent Zoonotic Viruses in Bats

Authors
  • Roes, Frans L.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Biological Theory
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Publication Date
Oct 16, 2020
Pages
1–3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s13752-020-00363-6
PMID: 33100932
PMCID: PMC7566996
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Original Article
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Abstract

Ideas formulated by Paul Ewald about the “evolution of virulence” are used to explain why bats, more often than other mammals, are a reservoir of virulent viruses, and why many of these viruses severely affect other mammals, including humans, but are apparently less pathogenic for bats. Potential factors contributing to bat viruses often being zoonotic are briefly discussed.

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