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. 2016 Jun;13(2):405-9.
doi: 10.1007/s10393-016-1121-0. Epub 2016 May 2.

Bat Predation by Cercopithecus Monkeys: Implications for Zoonotic Disease Transmission

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Bat Predation by Cercopithecus Monkeys: Implications for Zoonotic Disease Transmission

Elizabeth Tapanes et al. Ecohealth. .

Abstract

The relationship between bats and primates, which may contribute to zoonotic disease transmission, is poorly documented. We provide the first behavioral accounts of predation on bats by Cercopithecus monkeys, both of which are known to harbor zoonotic disease. We witnessed 13 bat predation events over 6.5 years in two forests in Kenya and Tanzania. Monkeys sometimes had prolonged contact with the bat carcass, consuming it entirely. All predation events occurred in forest-edge or plantation habitat. Predator-prey relations between bats and primates are little considered by disease ecologists, but may contribute to transmission of zoonotic disease, including Ebolavirus.

Keywords: Africa; Ebola virus; disease ecology; emerging infectious disease; guenon; zoonoses.

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