Archives of Virology

, Volume 164, Issue 4, pp 1015–1025 | Cite as

Detection of adenovirus, papillomavirus and parvovirus in Brazilian bats of the species Artibeus lituratus and Sturnira lilium

  • Fernando FinokettiEmail author
  • Raíssa Nunes dos Santos
  • Aline Alves Scarpellini Campos
  • André Luís da Silva Zani
  • Camila Mosca Barboza
  • Marcélia Emanuele Sad Fernandes
  • Tatiane de Cassia Pardo de Souza
  • Driele Delanira dos Santos
  • Giovana Werneck Bortolanza
  • Henrique Ortêncio Filho
  • Paulo Michel Roehe
  • Ana Cláudia Franco
  • Helena Beatriz de Carvalho Ruthner Batista
Original Article


Bats play a significant role in maintaining their ecosystems through pollination, dispersal of seeds, and control of insect populations, but they are also known to host many microorganisms and have been described as natural reservoirs for viruses with zoonotic potential. The diversity of viruses in these animals remains largely unknown, however, because studies are limited by species, location, virus target, or sample type. Therefore, the aim of this study was to detect fragments of viral genomes in bat samples. We performed high-throughput sequencing analysis and specific PCR and RT-PCR on pools of anal and oropharyngeal swabs from Artibeus lituratus and Sturnira lilium collected in southern Brazil. As a result, a member of the family Adenoviridae related to human adenovirus C was detected in anal swabs from S. lilium. In addition, we detected a papillomavirus in an anal swab from A. lituratus. Our analyses also allowed the detection of adenoviruses and parvoviruses in oropharyngeal swabs collected from A. lituratus. These results increase our knowledge about viral diversity and illustrate the importance of conducting virus surveillance in bats.



We thank Dra. Fabiana Quoos Mayer from Instituto de Pesquisas Veterinárias Desidério Finamor. All authors have seen and approved the manuscript and have contributed significantly to the work.


This study was supported by a grant from FAPESP, Brazil, in 2016 (Project Code No. 2015/25367-0) and the Secretary of State for Health of São Paulo. Part of this work was supported by CNPq and CAPES. A. C. F. and P. M. R. are CNPq fellows.

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All authors declare that there are no financial or other relationships that might lead to a conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fernando Finoketti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Raíssa Nunes dos Santos
    • 1
  • Aline Alves Scarpellini Campos
    • 1
    • 2
  • André Luís da Silva Zani
    • 1
  • Camila Mosca Barboza
    • 3
  • Marcélia Emanuele Sad Fernandes
    • 3
  • Tatiane de Cassia Pardo de Souza
    • 3
  • Driele Delanira dos Santos
    • 4
  • Giovana Werneck Bortolanza
    • 4
  • Henrique Ortêncio Filho
    • 4
  • Paulo Michel Roehe
    • 1
  • Ana Cláudia Franco
    • 1
  • Helena Beatriz de Carvalho Ruthner Batista
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratório de Virologia, Departamento de Microbiologia, Imunologia e ParasitologiaUniversidade Federal do Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil
  2. 2.Centro Estadual de Vigilância em Saúde, Secretaria Estadual da Saúde do Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil
  3. 3.Instituto Pasteur, Secretaria da Saúde do Governo do estado de São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  4. 4.Grupo de Estudos em Ecologia de Mamíferos e Educação AmbientalUniversidade Estadual de MaringáGoioerêBrazil

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