Bartonella spp. in Fruit Bats and Blood-Feeding Ectoparasites in Madagascar

  title={Bartonella spp. in Fruit Bats and Blood-Feeding Ectoparasites in Madagascar},
  author={Cara E Brook and Ying Bai and Andrew P Dobson and Lynn M. Osikowicz and Hafaliana C. Ranaivoson and Qiyun Zhu and Michael Kosoy and Katharina Dittmar},
  booktitle={PLoS neglected tropical diseases},
We captured, ectoparasite-combed, and blood-sampled cave-roosting Madagascan fruit bats (Eidolon dupreanum) and tree-roosting Madagascan flying foxes (Pteropus rufus) in four single-species roosts within a sympatric geographic foraging range for these species in central Madagascar. We describe infection with novel Bartonella spp. in sampled Eidolon dupreanum and associated bat flies (Cyclopodia dubia), which nest close to or within major known Bartonella lineages; simultaneously, we report the… CONTINUE READING

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