Volume 93, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Entebbe bat virus (ENTV; Flaviviridae: ), closely related to yellow fever virus, was first isolated from a little free-tailed bat () in Uganda in 1957, but was not detected after that initial isolation. In 2011, we isolated ENTV from a little free-tailed bat captured from the attic of a house near where it had originally been found. Infectious virus was recovered from the spleen and lung, and the viral RNA was sequenced and compared with that of the original isolate. Across the polypeptide sequence, there were 76 amino acid substitutions, resulting in 97.8% identity at the amino acid level between the 1957 and 2011 isolates. Further study of this virus would provide valuable insights into the ecological and genetic factors governing the evolution and transmission of bat- and mosquito-borne flaviviruses.


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  • Received : 23 Jan 2015
  • Accepted : 08 May 2015
  • Published online : 02 Sep 2015

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