[Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]
Volume 24, Number 6—June 2018 / Dispatch
Pathogenic Leptospira Species in Insectivorous Bats, China, 2015
Hui-Ju Han, Hong-Ling Wen, Jian-Wei Liu, Xiang-Rong Qin, Min Zhao, Li-Jun Wang, Li-Mei Luo, Chuan-Min Zhou, Ye-Lei Zhu, Rui Qi, Wen-Qian Li, Hao Yu, and Xue-Jie Yu
Author affiliations: Wuhan University, Wuhan, China (H.-J. Han, J.-W. Liu, X.-R. Qin, M. Zhao, L.-J. Wang, C.-M. Zhou, R. Qi, X.-J. Yu); Shandong University, Jinan, China (H.-L. Wen, Y.-L. Zhu, W.-Q. Li); Shandong Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Jinan (L.-M. Luo); Fudan University, Shanghai, China (H. Yu)
PCR amplification of the rrs2 gene indicated that 50% (62/124) of insectivorous bats from eastern China were infected with Leptospira borgpetersenii, L. kirschneri, and several potentially new Leptospira species. Multilocus sequence typing defined 3 novel sequence types in L. kirschneri, suggesting that bats are important carriers of Leptospira.
Keywords: Leptospira spp.; Bats; China.