Volume 87, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



infections were investigated in bats in the Amazon part of Peru. A total of 112 bats belonging to 19 species were surveyed. bacteria were cultured from 24.1% of the bats (27/112). Infection rates ranged from 0% to 100% per bat species. Phylogenetic analyses of of the isolates revealed 21 genetic variants clustering into 13 divergent phylogroups. Some strains were shared by bats of multiple species, and bats of some species were infected with multiple strains, showing no evident specific sp.–bat relationships. Rarely found in other bat species, the strains of phylogroups I and III discovered from the common vampire bats () were more specific to the host bat species, suggesting some level of host specificity.


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  • Received : 11 Feb 2012
  • Accepted : 17 May 2012
  • Published online : 05 Sep 2012

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