Trypanosoma spp. infection in bats captured in urban and wild ecotopes of the Caribbean region in Colombia

Authors

  • Iván Benavides-Céspedes Facultad de Ciencias Básicas, Universidad del Atlántico, Puerto Colombia, Colombia https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6256-7059
  • Marlon Mauricio Ardila Facultad de Ciencias Básicas, Universidad del Atlántico, Puerto Colombia, Colombia. Departamento de Patología y Medicina Preventiva, Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias, Universidad de Concepción, Chillán, Chile https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1851-5307
  • Geovanny Jiménez-Cotes Facultad de Ciencias Básicas, Universidad del Atlántico, Puerto Colombia, Colombia https://orcid.org/0009-0001-9817-7984
  • Luis Avendaño-Maldonado Facultad de Ciencias Básicas, Universidad del Atlántico, Puerto Colombia, Colombia https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5370-2247
  • Daisy Lozano-Arias Grupo de Investigación Básica y Clínica en Ciencias de la Salud, Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Fundación Universitaria San Martín, Puerto Colombia, Colombia https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2583-8806
  • Roberto Garcia-Alzate Facultad de Ciencias Básicas, Universidad del Atlántico, Puerto Colombia, Colombia. https://orcid.org/0009-0007-7502-5850
  • Leidi Herrera Centro de Ecología y Evolución, Instituto de Zoología y Ecología Tropical, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela. Instituto en Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad Nacional de Asunción, Paraguay https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8515-2078

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2024.412.13598

Keywords:

Colombia, Bats, Trypanosoma, Zoonoses

Abstract

This study aimed to determine the frequency of infection by Trypanosoma spp. in bats captured in wild and urban ecotopes of the Department of Atlántico in the Caribbean region of Colombia, between March 2021 and May 2022. The bats were taxonomically identified and sex, relative age and reproductive conditions were determined. A blood sample was used for parasitological analysis and DNA extraction in order to amplify a region of the 18S rRNA. The most abundant families among the 125 captured bats were Molossidae (62/125; 49.6%) and Phyllostomidae (43/125; 34.4%). Molossus molossus captured in wild ecotopes showed an infection rate of 8.1% (5/61) and 4.1% (3/61) by parasitological and molecular analysis, respectively. In comparison, Noctilio albiventris captured in urban ecotopes showed an infection rate of 16.6% (2/12) for both analyses. These findings represent the first records of M. molossus harboring Trypanosoma spp. for the Department of Atlántico and N. albiventris harboring Trypanosoma spp. in Colombia.

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2024-06-21

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Benavides-Céspedes I, Ardila MM, Jiménez-Cotes G, Avendaño-Maldonado L, Lozano-Arias D, Garcia-Alzate R, et al. Trypanosoma spp. infection in bats captured in urban and wild ecotopes of the Caribbean region in Colombia. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2024 Jun. 21 [cited 2024 Jul. 25];41(2):156-63. Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/13598

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