Bartonella spp. in bats, Guatemala

Ying Bai, Michael Kosoy, Sergio Recuenco, Danilo Alvarez, David Moran, Amy Turmelle, James Ellison, Daniel L. Garcia, Alejandra Estevez, Kim Lindblade, Charles Rupprecht

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To better understand the role of bats as reservoirs of Bartonella spp., we estimated Bartonella spp. Prevalence and genetic diversity in bats in Guatemala during 2009. We found prevalence of 33% and identified 21 genetic variants of 13 phylogroups. Vampire bat-associated Bartonella spp. may cause undiagnosed illnesses in humans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1269-1272
Number of pages4
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2011


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