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dc.contributor.authorQuiroga, Nicol
dc.contributor.authorCampos Soto, Ricardo
dc.contributor.authorYánez Meza, Andrea
dc.contributor.authorRodríguez San Pedro, Annia
dc.contributor.authorAllendes, Juan L.
dc.contributor.authorBacigalupo, Antonella
dc.contributor.authorBotto-Mahan, Carezza
dc.contributor.authorCorrea, Juana P.
dc.description.abstractThe protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease, is transmitted by infected feces or consumption of blood-sucking triatomine insects to several mammalian orders including Chiroptera. In Chile, the distribution of several insectivorous and one hematophagous bat species overlaps with those of triatomine vectors, but the T. cruzi infection status of local chiropterans is unknown. In 2018, we live-captured bats from two protected areas in Chile to collect plagiopatagium tissue, feces and perianal swab samples, in search for T. cruzi-DNA by real time PCR assays using species-specific primers. In Pan de Azúcar island (~26◦S), we examined a roost of Desmodus rotundus (common vampire bat) and sampled tissue from 17 individuals, detecting T. cruzi-DNA in five of them. In Las Chinchillas National Reserve (~31◦S), we examined two roosts of Histiotus montanus (small big-eared brown bat), collecting feces or perianal swab samples from eight individuals, detecting T. cruzi-DNA in four of them. This is the first report of T. cruzi-DNA evidence in bat species from Chile. Both vector-borne and oral transmission are potential infection routes that can explain our results. Further investi gation is needed for a better understanding of the role of bats in the T. cruzi transmission cycle.es_ES
dc.sourceActa Tropicaes_ES
dc.subjectDesmodus rotunduses_ES
dc.subjectHistiotus montanuses_ES
dc.subjectOral transmissiones_ES
dc.subjectVector-borne transmissiones_ES
dc.titleTrypanosoma cruzi DNA in Desmodus rotundus (common vampire bat) and Histiotus montanus (small big-eared brown bat) from Chilees_ES
dc.typeArtículo de revistaes_ES
uvm.escuelaEscuela de Ciencias Agrícolas y Veterinariases_ES
uvm.carreraMedicina Veterinariaes_ES

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