Detection of Leptospira species in bat cadavers, Czech and Slovak Republics

Seidlova V, Straková P, Kejíková R, Nemcova M, Bartonička T, Salát J, Dufková L, Šikutová S, Mendel J, McKee C, Zukal J, Pikula J, Rudolf I

Kidney samples from 300 bat cadavers from the Czech and Slovak Republics were tested for DNA using PCR and sequencing of three genes (, , and 16S ribosomal RNA). Overall detection rate was 4.7% and two bat species ( and ) were PCR-positive for at least one gene. Detected sequences were similar to and , and included a potentially novel species related to .