Bugs in bats 1: Bats may be vectors for Campylobacter

W.C. Hazeleger, W.F. Jacobs-Reitsma, P.H.C. Lina, M.A.P. van Bergen, T. Bosch, R.R. Beumer

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Campylobacter and Salmonella are human pathogenic bacteria, commonly transmitted via food. Since it is not fully elucidated how these pathogens end up in food, it is useful to search for possible reservoirs in the environment. Bats are known to be potential carriers of viral pathogens and they might also be relevant in the contamination cycles of Campylobacter and Salmonella since they are warm blooded animals and could possibly act as hosts for these pathogens. In Western Europe, all bat species are insectivorous and since insects are able to transmit Campylobacter and/or Salmonella for instance via faeces of farm animals or water (birds), they might be a source of infection for bats. By contaminating water, crops, fruit, feed or soil with their faeces, infected bats might be a part of the contamination cycle of both pathogens. In this investigation, we examined wild bats for the presence of Campylobacter and Salmonella. Fresh faecal samples (
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event11th conference of the Dutch Society for Wildlife Health, Utrecht, the Netherlands -
Duration: 8 May 2014 → …

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Conference11th conference of the Dutch Society for Wildlife Health, Utrecht, the Netherlands
Period8/05/14 → …

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Hazeleger, W. C., Jacobs-Reitsma, W. F., Lina, P. H. C., van Bergen, M. A. P., Bosch, T., & Beumer, R. R. (2014). Bugs in bats 1: Bats may be vectors for Campylobacter. Abstract from 11th conference of the Dutch Society for Wildlife Health, Utrecht, the Netherlands, .