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Wild Animals
Nematodes in brown long-eared bats
  1. Vic Simpson
  1. Wildlife Veterinary Investigation Centre, Jollys Bottom Farm, Chacewater, Truro, Cornwall TR4 8PB e-mail: vic@wildlifevic.org

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I WAS interested to read the letter by Barlow and others (VR, May 11, 2013, vol 172, p 508), describing the presence of nematodes in the intestinal tract and free within the abdominal cavity of a brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus). Barlow and others requested information about other cases of helminth infections in British bats and, therefore, the following may be of interest.

Over the past 28 years, I have carried out postmortem examinations on nearly 700 bats, most of which had been found dead or dying in south-west England. On many occasions I have observed nematodes in brown long-eared bats similar to those described …

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