A virus similar to Ebola Virus (Filoviridae), but apparently not pathogenic to humans, just be detected on cadavers of bats from the Province of Asturias (Northwest of Spain) (Information Pro-MED). Yet unpublished results have been presented by Professor Francisco Llinares to IVth Conference of Microbiology and Public Health at the University of San Pablo CEU.
Relatively few details are available on this study but a priori, this would be corpses collected during mass mortality observed in 2002 in Miniopterus schreibersii. In the news Pro-MED, it is said that when a group of researchers came to control the bodies after the mass mortality, Filovirus they realized that was the cause of death (“Only when by chance a group of researchers came to check [on these bat deaths] did they realize that an ebolavirus was the cause of the mortality“). The information in this news release Pro-MED are quite limited and detailed studies have not been exposed. However, this news suggests that the mass mortality of 2002 in Miniopterus schreibersii was caused by this new Filovirus.
More information will be posted on this site that the details of this study will be published. However, This discovery reminds us once again that we know little about the viruses present in European bats. Every phenomenon of mass mortalities in bats requires advanced studies on cadavers, particularly in virology.