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Trypanosomiasis in an Australian little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus)

Mackie, J.T., Stenner, R., Gillett, A.K., Barbosa, A.ORCID: 0000-0003-3289-1445, Ryan, U.ORCID: 0000-0003-2710-9324 and Irwin, P.J.ORCID: 0000-0002-0006-8262 (2017) Trypanosomiasis in an Australian little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus). Australian Veterinary Journal, 95 (7). pp. 259-261.

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Case report An adult female Australian little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus) presented with icterus and anaemia. Examination of a blood smear revealed numerous trypanosomes 20.4-30.8 mu m long with tapered ends. Necropsy and histological findings were consistent with trypanosome infection of lymphoid tissue and intravascular haemolysis. Sequence and phylogenetic analysis demonstrated this trypanosome species to be genetically distinct and most similar to Trypanosoma minasense and Trypanosoma rangeli (with a genetic distance of 1% at the 18S rRNA locus for both). Conclusion To the authors' knowledge this is the first report of a trypanosome infection associated with clinical disease in bats.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Copyright: © 2017 Australian Veterinary Association
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