Online ISSN: 2515-8260

Author : Aparna, J.


Bats: A Natural Hub For Pathogenic Viruses

J. Aparna; Dr.A.S.Smiline Girija; Dr.MP. Brundha

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2020, Volume 7, Issue 1, Pages 2982-2996

The bats are abundant, diverse, and common in the geographical habitat. Such mammals offer us resources but their value is underestimated and many of their populations and habitats are at risk, even endangered. Some of the living characteristics of the bat species like food choices, colonial or solitary disposition, population structure, flying ability, seasonal migration, and regular movement patterns, torpor and hibernation, life span, roosting habits, echolocation ability, susceptibility to viruses make them exquisitely suitable hosts of viruses and other agents of disease. Bats can carry more human pathogens than other animals because bats prefer to live close to one another. The articles used in the present study were the articles that were collected from search engines like pub med, Google scholar, bio – RXIV, Med – RXIV, Cochrane, and also two primary Chinese databases. The relevant articles were collected from the period of 2000 to 2020 (to date). It is a five-step process in the selection of articles – identification of clear objectives, identification of relevant articles, selection of data, data extraction, analysis and report. This review focuses on the association between the bats and its co-existence with viruses in causing potent viral diseases.