Batai virus

Batai virus

A negative-sense, single-stranded RNA virus of the Bunyaviridae family, genus Orthobunyavirus, which donates M-segment sequences to the Ngari virus, resulting in a so-called reassortment virus associated with outbreaks of haemorrhagic fever in Kenya and Somalia.
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Sequence analysis showed that NRIV is a reassortant between Bunyamwera virus (BUNV) and Batai virus (BATV), both from the genus Orthobunyavirus.
Putative cross-reacting orthobunyaviruses circulating in Europe, Batai virus (13), Tahyna virus (14), and Inkoo virus (15), were obtained from the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (Hamburg, Germany).
Zoonotic viruses in the Simbu serogroup are not known to circulate in Europe, but related orthobunyaviruses that may infect humans are Batai virus (BATV), Tahyna virus (TAHV), and Inkoo virus (INKV) (Table 2).
While investigations for Batai virus have not been extensive, this virus is also widespread throughout western Europe (12).