Detection of hemoparasites in bats, Bangladesh

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Shariful Islam
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1986-4960
Rakib Uddin Ahmed
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8985-3717
Md. Kaisar Rahman
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7761-9846
Jinnat Ferdous
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6071-4692
Md. Helal Uddin
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6140-7937
Sazeda Akter
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3128-1047
Abdullah Al Faruq
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7054-3698
Mohammad Mahmudul Hassan
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6495-4637
Ausraful Islam
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9608-0823
Ariful Islam
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9210-3351

Abstract

A cross sectional study was conducted (2010–2013) to determine the diversity of hemoprotozoa among bats of Bangladesh.  Microscopic examination of blood smears (N=533; Pteropus medius (377), Rousettus leschenaultii (111), Megaderma lyra (45)) revealed 9% of bats (95% confidence interval CI: 7–12%) were positive for hemoprotozoa.  The overall prevalence of hemoparasites among P. medius was 5% (n=20, 95% CI: 3–8%); where Babesia sp. was 3% (n=12, 95% CI: 2–5%) and Hepatocytis sp. was 2% (n=8, 95% CI: 1–4%).  Moreover, 13% of R. leschenaultii were positive (n=14, 95% CI: 7–20%) where prevalence of Babesia sp. was 10% (n=11, 95% CI: 5–17%) and prevalence of Hepatocystis sp. was 3% (n=3, 95% CI: 1–8%).  Twenty-nine percent (n=13, 95% CI: 16–44%) of M. lyra harbored hemoparasites, among which 20% (n=9, 95% CI: 10–35%) were Babesia sp. and 9% (n=4, 95% CI: 2–21%) were Hepatocystis sp.  The study indicates bats remain important hosts for various zoonotic parasites and suggests further research.

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Islam, S., Rakib Uddin Ahmed, Md. Kaisar Rahman, Ferdous, J., Uddin, M.H., Akter, S., Faruq, A.A., Hassan, M.M., Ausraful Islam and Islam, A. 2020. Detection of hemoparasites in bats, Bangladesh. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 12, 10 (Jul. 2020), 16245–16250. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.5466.12.10.16245-16250.
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