TWiV 173: Going to bat for flu research

March 4, 2012

Sturnira liliumHosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit, Michael Walsh, and Ashlee Bennett

The TWiVites discuss seroevidence for human infection with avian influenza H5N1, and the discovery of a new influenza virus in Guatemalan bats.

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  • Ian Young

    Re: Alan’s query of rectal swabbing in the ‘A distinct lineage of influenza A virus from bats’ paper…

    Wouldn’t the rectal swabs have had more to do with looking for the possibility of transmission of a virus via the guano, with human exposure to the guano (…being collected for use as a crop fertilizer…) being the theoretical infection route?