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Rhabdoviridae, vesiculovirus, viral metagenomic, bats, virus discovery, big brown bats, viruses, North America, Maryland, United States, rabies, Eptesicus fuscus

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We identified a novel rhabdovirus, American bat vesiculovirus, from postmortem tissue samples from 120 rabies-negative big brown bats with a history of human contact. Five percent of the tested bats were infected with this virus. The extent of zoonotic exposure and possible health effects in humans from this virus are unknown.

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Emerging Infectious Diseases, v. 19, no. 12, p. 1978–1980

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