Babesial infection in the Madagascan flying fox, Pteropus rufus É. Geoffroy, 1803.

Ranaivoson, Hafaliana C.

Héraud, Jean-Michel.

Goethert, Heidi K.

Telford, Sam R.

Rabetafika, Lydia.

Brook, Cara E.


  • Background: Babesiae are erythrocytic protozoans, which infect the red blood cells of vertebrate hosts to cause disease. Previous studies have described potentially pathogenic infections of Babesia vesperuginis in insectivorous bats in Europe, the Americas and Asia. To date, no babesial infections have been documented in the bats of Madagascar, or in any frugivorous bat species worldwide.

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