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Isolation of Salmonella virchow from a fruit bat (Pteropus giganteus)
journal contributionposted on 2022-12-01, 04:22 authored by A Islam, A Mikolon, M Mikoleit, D Ahmed, S U Khan, M A Y Sharker, M J Hossain, Ariful IslamAriful Islam, J H Epstein, N Zeidner, S P Luby
Detection of zoonotic pathogens carried by bats is important both for understanding disease ecology and for developing preventive measures. Pteropus fruit bats have been identified as potential carriers of Salmonella enterica serotype Typhi. A cross-sectional study was conducted to determine the prevalence of Salmonella Typhi and other Salmonella serotypes in Pteropus giganteus fruit bats in Bangladesh. Rectal swabs were collected from 302 bats and cultured for Salmonella species. The bats were trapped in three districts (Faridpur, Rajbari, and Cox's Bazar). Salmonella Typhi was not found but one juvenile female bat from Faridpur district was positive for Salmonella Virchow. Close associations between frugivorous bats, humans, and livestock in rural Bangladesh make it likely that the bat was infected by consuming contaminated water. © 2013 International Association for Ecology and Health.