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An apparently new virus (family Paramyxoviridae) infectious for pigs, humans, and fruit bats

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  • A W Philbey
  • P D Kirkland
  • A D Ross
  • R J Davis
  • A B Gleeson
  • R J Love
  • P W Daniels
  • A R Gould
  • A D Hyatt

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-71
Number of pages3
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998


We isolated an apparently new virus in the family Paramyxoviridae from stillborn piglets with deformities at a piggery in New South Wales, Australia. In 1997, the pregnancy rate and litter size at the piggery decreased markedly, while the proportion of mummified fetuses increased. We found serologic evidence of infection in pigs at the affected piggery and two associated piggeries, in humans exposed to infected pigs, and in fruit bats. Menangle virus is proposed as a common name for this agent, should further studies confirm that it is a newly recognized virus.

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