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Jordi Serra-Cobo

Jordi Serra-Cobo

PhD Biology

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Introduction Birds are involved natural cycle of a number of vector-borne viruses in both rural and urban areas. Toscana (TOSV) and Sicilian (SFSV) phleboviruses are sandfly-borne viruses in the genus Phlebovirus that can cause diseases in human. However, there is limited information on the role of the birds in sandfly-borne phleboviruses natural c...
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Bats are host ancestors of several viruses that cause serious disease in humans, as illustrated by the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Progress in investigating bat-virus interactions has been hampered by a limited number of available bat cellular models.
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Bats are important natural reservoir hosts of a diverse range of viruses that can be transmitted to humans and have been suggested that could play an important role in the Zika virus (ZIKV) transmission cycle. However, the exact role of these animals as reservoirs for Flaviviruses is still controversial. To further expand our understanding of the r...
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In Europe, Puumala virus (PUUV) transmitted by the bank vole (Myodes glareolus) is the causative agent of nephropathia epidemica (NE), a mild form of haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome. In France, very little is known about the spatial and temporal variability of the virus circulating within bank vole populations. The present study involved mon...
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Abstract Text: More than half of the emerging infectious diseases in humans originate from wildlife. Wild boar (Sus scrofa) populations are increasing and expanding across Europe, leading to growing interactions with humans. In urban environments, the zoonoses carried by wild boars have received little attention. Our aim is to compile knowledge abo...
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Since the beginning of the 21st century five new coronaviruses inducing respiratory diseases in humans have been reported. These emergences has promoted research on coronaviruses in wildlife. We started the first eco-epidemiological study to screen the presence of coronaviruses circulating in mice and rats of four Canary Islands. Between 2015 and 2...
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The whole human society was caught unprepared by the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 and the related COVID-19 pandemic. This should have not been. We already had on hand all information to organize properly and prevent this emergence. However, this information was never translated into preparedness because the current system of sanitary crises management i...
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Bats are natural reservoirs of numerous coronaviruses, including the potential ancestor of SARS-CoV-2. Knowledge concerning the interaction between coronaviruses and bat cells is sparse. We investigated the susceptibility of primary cells from Rhinolophus ferrumequinum and Myotis species, as well as of established and novel cell lines from Myotis m...
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Angiostrongylus cantonensis is an emerging zoonotic nematode recognized as the leading cause of eosinophilic meningitis in the word. After its discovery in China, it was recorded in 30 countries worldwide. Recently, it has expanded to new areas such as South America and it has been recently found in the Atlantic island of Tenerife (Canary Islands)....
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The current Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, with more than 111 million reported cases and 2,500,000 deaths worldwide (mortality rate currently estimated at 2.2%), is a stark reminder that coronaviruses (CoV)-induced diseases remain a major threat to humanity. COVID-19 is only the latest case of betacoronavirus (β-CoV) epidemics/pandem...
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Toscana phlebovirus (TOSV) and Sicilian phlebovirus (SFSV) are endemic in the Mediterranean area where they are transmitted to humans by infected sandflies. Vertebrates of several species have been postulated to act as reservoirs of these viruses, but convincing evidence is still awaited. Among them, bats have been suggested, however documented evi...
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Since the elimination of dog and terrestrial wild animal rabies, bat exposures remain the only source of autochthonous lyssavirus transmission to humans in Western Europe. European bats have already been found infected with several lyssaviruses, and human–bat interactions represent a risk of viral transmission and fatal encephalitis for humans. In...
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The emergence of COVID-19 has triggered many works aiming at identifying the animal intermediate potentially involved in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to humans. The presence of SARS-CoV-2-related viruses in Malayan pangolins, in silico analysis of the ACE2 receptor polymorphism and sequence similarities between the Receptor Binding Domain (RBD) o...
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Bats are natural reservoirs of the largest proportion of viral zoonoses among mammals, thus understanding the conditions for pathogen persistence in bats is essential to reduce human risk. Focusing on the European Bat Lyssavirus subtype 1 (EBLV-1), causing rabies disease, we develop a data-driven spatially explicit metapopulation model to investiga...
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The wide geographical distribution and genetic diversity of bat-associated lyssaviruses (LYSVs) across Europe suggest that similar viruses may also be harboured in Italian insectivorous bats. Indeed, bats were first included within the passive national surveillance programme for rabies in wildlife in the 1980s, while active surveillance has been pe...
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Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is a hepatotropic virus, endemic in Europe where it infects humans and animals, with domestic pigs and wild boar as main reservoirs. The number of HEV infected cases with unknown source of infection increases in Europe. There are human HEV strains genetically similar to viruses from domestic pigs, and zoonotic transmission v...
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During the past decade, bats were shown to a major source for new viruses. Among them are well known coronaviruses such as SRAS or MERS but also Ebola. At the same time, no direct infection from bat to human has been demonstrated. The dynamic of transmission of bat-borne viruses is therefore a complex process involving both sylvatic and urban cycle...
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Background Lyssaviruses are pathogens of bat origin of considerable zoonotic concern being the causative agent for rabies disease, however our understanding of their persistence in bat populations remains very scarce. Methods Leveraging existing data from an extensive ecological field survey characterizing Myotis myotis and Miniopterus schreibersi...
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A West Nile virus (WNV) outbreak occurred in Tunisia between mid-July and December 2012. To assess the epidemiological features of the WNV transmission cycle, human cerebrospinal fluid samples from patients with suspected cases (n = 79), Culex pipiens mosquitoes (n = 583) and serum specimens from domestic and migratory birds (n = 70) were collected...
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The emergence of SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, triggered the discovery of a high diversity of coronaviruses in bats. Studies from Europe have shown that coronaviruses circulate in bats in France but this reflects only a fraction of the whole diversity. In the current study the diversity of coronaviruses circulating in western Europe was extensively explor...
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The presence of major arbovirus vector species, climate change that promotes the expansion and increase of their populations, and potential animal reservoirs mean that vector-borne diseases represent a significant health risk for Mallorca's inhabitants. Microbiological monitoring of circulating arboviruses, particularly flaviviruses causing encepha...
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More than 200 viruses have been detected in bats. Some unique bat characteristics can explain the roles played in the maintenance and transmission of viruses: long phylogenetic history can have originated coevolution processes, great number of species are adapted to live in different environments, big mobility, long lifespan and gregarious behaviou...
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Background/aims Astroviruses (AstVs) are enteric viruses that can cause gastroenteritis in children. This study is part of monitoring the circulation of astroviruses in children hospitalized and/or outpatients for acute gastroenteritis at the primary care center of Ouerdanine or at the Pediatric Department of the University Hospital Fattouma-Bourg...
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Background/aims Astroviruses (AstVs) are enteric viruses that can cause gastroenteritis in children. This study is part of monitoring the circulation of astroviruses in children hospitalized and/or outpatients for acute gastroenteritis at the primary care center of Ouerdanine or at the Pediatric Department of the University Hospital Fattouma-Bourgu...
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We report an active surveillance study of the occurrence of specific antibodies to European Bat Lyssavirus Type 1 (EBLV-1) in bat species, scarcely studied hitherto, that share the same refuge. From 2004 to 2012, 406 sera were obtained from nine bat species. Blood samples were subjected to a modified fluorescent antibody virus neutralization test t...
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Natural and anthropogenic disturbances can strongly impact population dynamics of species and are often responsible for zoonotic emerging infectious diseases. However, long-term studies on the demographic consequences of human disturbances are unusual. We used 6 years (1995–2000) of mark-recapture data to investigate how climatic conditions, human...
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Rabies is a worldwide zoonosis resulting from Lyssavirus infection. In Europe, Eptesicus serotinus is the most frequently reported bat species infected with Lyssavirus, and thus considered to be the reservoir of European bat Lyssavirus type 1 (EBLV-1). To date, the role of other bat species in EBLV-1 epidemiology and persistence remains unknown. He...
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The number of pathogens known to infect humans is ever increasing. Whether such increase reflects improved surveillance and detection or actual emergence of novel pathogens is unclear. Nonetheless, infectious diseases are the second leading cause of human mortality and disability-adjusted life years lost worldwide [1,2]. On average, three to four n...
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Though dogs have been historically considered the main reservoir of Leishmania infantum, the role of wildlife in its epidemiology is attracting increasing attention. Rodents, wild carnivores and, recently, hares (Lepus spp.) have been proposed as sylvatic reservoirs for this parasite. Bats have never been tested for L. infantum infection in Europe....
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Bats have been proposed as major reservoirs for diverse emerging infectious viral diseases, with rabies being the best known in Europe. However, studies exploring the ecological interaction between lyssaviruses and their natural hosts are scarce. This study completes our active surveillance work on Spanish bat colonies that began in 1992. Herein, w...
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Details of the total 74 sampling events yielding 2144 of sera samples from 2001 to 2010. (DOC)
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NJ phylogenetic tree using 122-nucleotide long sequence obtained from the blood clots. (DOC)
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Bats are considered an excellent group of environmental health indicator. Besides its ecological importance, the bats have acquired in recent years a great interest in epidemiological studies because they are an important reservoir of emerging viral zoonoses. This paper highlights the ecological and epidemiological information obtained since 1993 i...
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Bats are important reservoir hosts of RNA viruses, including lyssaviruses, which can cross the species barrier to infect humans and other domestic and wild non-flying mammals. Six of the seven Lyssavirus genotypes described to date infect bats. In Europe, two genotypes of Lyssavirus, European bat Lyssavirus types 1 and 2 (EBLV-1 and EBLV-2), circul...
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No. of Recaptured and Analyzed M. myotis in Colonies 1 and 2, 1996–2006. aSuccessive analyses in the same individuals were made at intervals of ≥1 year (0.03 MB DOC)
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Modeling Survival Probabilities of M. myotis in Colonies 1 and 2. (0.07 MB DOC)
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Diagram of the Flow of Hosts between Susceptible. This diagram shows the dynamics of the interaction between a directly transmitted virus and its host population. The host dies at a per capita rate γ. The infected host experiments an additional death rate α, induced by virus infection and a seroconversion rate υ. The transmission coefficient β dete...
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Many emerging RNA viruses of public health concern have recently been detected in bats. However, the dynamics of these viruses in natural bat colonies is presently unknown. Consequently, prediction of the spread of these viruses and the establishment of appropriate control measures are hindered by a lack of information. To this aim, we collected ep...
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The mitochondrial DNA of Myotis myotis, Myotis nattereri, Myotis capaccinii, Plecotus austriacus, and Miniopterus schreibersii have been analyzed to evaluate the degree of genetic differentiation between the Balearic and continental European populations and to determine their species with certainty. The results confirm the presence of Myotis myotis...
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Bats are Eutheria mammals adapted to flight and evolutionarily very successful, which has led them to colonize most of the planet except for polar areas. Despite their ecological importance, the distribution, ecology, and dynamics of bat populations are usually little studied. The present work reveals and analyses chiropterological information gath...
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The objectives of the present study are to provide information about the habitat, behaviour, and reproduction of the new European frog species Rana pyrenaica, endemic in the central and western Pyrenees, and to compare the breeding characteristics of R. pyrenaica with those of four amphibians present in the same geographical area (Rana temporaria,...
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From 1992 to 2000, 976 sera, 27 blood pellets, and 91 brains were obtained from 14 bat species in 37 localities in Spain. Specific anti-European bat lyssavirus 1 (EBL1)-neutralizing antibodies have been detected in Myotis myotis, Miniopterus schreibersii, Tadarida teniotis, and Rhinolophus ferrumequinum in the region of Aragon and the Balearic Isla...
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The community composition and structure of helminths of Pipistrellus pipistrellus (Schreber, 1774) from two widely separated Spanish localities, El Saler (n = 42) and the San Pedro pothole (n = 34), were determined and compared. Five species of trematodes, Plagiorchis (Plagiorchis) sp., Lecithodendrium (Lecithodendrium) linstowi Dollfus, 1931, Pros...
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This study examines the initial orientation of Miniopterus schreibersii (Kuhl, 1817) when released from their roosts and analyses the significance of rivers as landmarks in bat navigation. Two orientation tests were carried out in which the bats were released in areas familiar to them and two further tests were carried out in unfamiliar areas. In b...
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The objectives of this study are to analyse the degree of coexistence between Rana pyrenaica, Euproctus asper and Rana temporaria, to prove the existence of differential predation of E. asper on R. pyrenaica and R. temporaria tadpoles, and to analyse some of the consequences that this may have on the community of tadpoles of both species. Segregati...
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Morphological variation and ecological characteristics of habitats of two populations of the Pyrenean salamander Euproctus asper from the Flumen river, Prepyrenees, and the Salto del Pis torrent, Central Pyrenees, were studied to determine whether intraspecific differences in body form and sexual dimor- phism occur and if they can be functionally r...
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To prepare for hibernation, bats rapidly deposit large amounts of adipose tissue in early autumn that will be needed to sustain them during the dormancy period. The store of a small amount of body fat in autumn or high mass loss during winter can be critical. This study aims to investigate the autumn and winter body condition changes in 1998-99 of...
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This article analyses information gathered between 1984 and 1995 relating to the seasonal movements of Miniopterus schreibersii (Kuhl, 1819) in the north-east of Spain. The recapture rate of banded different individuals is 32.5% and the total recapture rate is 53.4%. Ninety five different trajectories have been reported. The bats cover an average d...
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Forty-seven European bat lyssaviruses (EBL) and two African insectivorous bat lyssaviruses (Duvenhage viruses) were selected for a comparison to be made of their evolutionary relationships. Studies were based on direct sequencing of the PCR-amplified products of the 400 nucleotides coding for the amino terminus of the nucleoprotein. Phylogenetic re...
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Reports on a large and varied vertebrate community (fissure-based) composed of 19 species (mainly birds and Chiroptera). The floor of the cave is partly occupied by a small lake with high primary productivity, which allows the proliferation of a number of consumer species (aquatic insects, amphibians). -from English summary
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This paper brings out the importance of the San Pedro pothole (N.E. Spain) by providing data on its morphogenesis and habitat and biotic features. The results obtained reveal the existence of a large and varied vertebrate community (eminently fissure-based) composed of 19 species (mainly birds and chiroptera). The floor of the cave is partly occupi...
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Acarinia and nycteribidia zones of the bat species Miniopterus schreibersi Kuhl are studied in an area of northeast of Spain, where captures over a period of five years have been carried out. The species that characterize the mite-tick spectrum are Ixodes (Pomerantzevella) simplex, Macronyssus longimanus, Macronyssus granulosus and Spinturnix psi;...