Medycyna Wet. 63 (12), 1626-1629, 2007
Konieczna I., Durlik M., Kwinkowski M., Domański J., Markowski J., Kaca W.
Properties of bacterial microflora isolated from bat guano
Bats live in niches close to human surroundings. Pathogenic viruses, bacteria and fungi may be transferred from bats to humans. The purpose of these studies were the isolation and characterization of bacteria present in bat feces. The examinations were conducted on feces collected from the following bat species: Myotis myotis, Pipistrellus nathusii, Eptesicus serotinus and Vespertilio murinus. Some species of bat intestinal bacteria, such as: Enterobacter sp., Hafnia alvei, were identified. Gram-negative rods dominated in bat feces. The amounts of bacterial cells were in the range of 0.5×104-5×106/g feces. The antibiotic resistance analysis revealed that 23% of staphylococci were methicillin resistant. MRSA and methicillin-resistant S. sciuri strains were identified. Numerous bacteria isolated from bat feces gave evidence of proteolytic and haemolytic activities.
Keywords: bats, guano