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distant relatives of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus and close relatives of human coronavirus 229e in bats, ghana.we tested 12 bat species in ghana for coronavirus (cov) rna. the virus prevalence in insectivorous bats (n = 123) was 9.76%. cov was not detected in 212 fecal samples from eidolon helvum fruit bats. leaf-nosed bats pertaining to hipposideros ruber by morphology had group 1 and group 2 covs. virus concentrations were < or =45,000 copies/100 mg of bat feces. the diversified group 1 cov shared a common ancestor with the human common cold virus hcov-229e but not with hcov-nl63, disputing hypotheses ...200919788804
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