Isolation of Histoplasma capsulatum from bats in the urban area of São Paulo State, Brazil

M. A Galvão Dias, R. M Zancopé Oliveira, M. C. Giudice, H. Montenegro Netto, L. R. Jordão, I. M. Grigorio, A. R. Rosa, J. Amorim, Joshua D. Nosanchuk, L. R. Travassos, C. P. Taborda

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Abstract

The presence of bats in caves, attics, ceilings, and roofs is important epidemiologically as they can increase the chance of human acquisition of pathogens, including Histoplasma capsulatum. Brazilian urban areas contain many species of bats, especially insectivorous bats, that are attracted by a wide range of readily available food and shelter. From August 2003 to December 2008, we analysed 2427 bats in the São Paulo State region. Homogenates of the livers and spleens of the bats were plated on specific medium to identify animals infected with H. capsulatum. The fungus was isolated from 87 bats (3·6%). The infected bats were identified as Molossus molossus (74), Nyctinomops macrotis (10), Tadarida brasiliensis (1), Molossus rufus (1) and Eumops glaucinus (1), all insectivorous species. The data presented are a relevant contribution to the epidemiology of H. capsulatum in densely populated urban areas such as in São Paulo State, especially since histoplasmosis is not included in the mandatory disease notification system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1642-1644
Number of pages3
JournalEpidemiology and Infection
Volume139
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011

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Keywords

  • Bats
  • Fungal epidemiology
  • Histoplasma capsulatum
  • Histoplasmosis
  • Molossus molossus
  • São Paulo urban area

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  • Infectious Diseases
  • Epidemiology

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Dias, M. A. G., Oliveira, R. M. Z., Giudice, M. C., Netto, H. M., Jordão, L. R., Grigorio, I. M., ... Taborda, C. P. (2011). Isolation of Histoplasma capsulatum from bats in the urban area of São Paulo State, Brazil. Epidemiology and Infection, 139(10), 1642-1644. https://doi.org/10.1017/S095026881000289X

Isolation of Histoplasma capsulatum from bats in the urban area of São Paulo State, Brazil. / Dias, M. A Galvão; Oliveira, R. M Zancopé; Giudice, M. C.; Netto, H. Montenegro; Jordão, L. R.; Grigorio, I. M.; Rosa, A. R.; Amorim, J.; Nosanchuk, Joshua D.; Travassos, L. R.; Taborda, C. P.

In: Epidemiology and Infection, Vol. 139, No. 10, 10.2011, p. 1642-1644.

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Dias, MAG, Oliveira, RMZ, Giudice, MC, Netto, HM, Jordão, LR, Grigorio, IM, Rosa, AR, Amorim, J, Nosanchuk, JD, Travassos, LR & Taborda, CP 2011, 'Isolation of Histoplasma capsulatum from bats in the urban area of São Paulo State, Brazil', Epidemiology and Infection, vol. 139, no. 10, pp. 1642-1644. https://doi.org/10.1017/S095026881000289X
Dias MAG, Oliveira RMZ, Giudice MC, Netto HM, Jordão LR, Grigorio IM et al. Isolation of Histoplasma capsulatum from bats in the urban area of São Paulo State, Brazil. Epidemiology and Infection. 2011 Oct;139(10):1642-1644. https://doi.org/10.1017/S095026881000289X
Dias, M. A Galvão ; Oliveira, R. M Zancopé ; Giudice, M. C. ; Netto, H. Montenegro ; Jordão, L. R. ; Grigorio, I. M. ; Rosa, A. R. ; Amorim, J. ; Nosanchuk, Joshua D. ; Travassos, L. R. ; Taborda, C. P. / Isolation of Histoplasma capsulatum from bats in the urban area of São Paulo State, Brazil. In: Epidemiology and Infection. 2011 ; Vol. 139, No. 10. pp. 1642-1644.
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