5.6.1 Endoparasites Bats are hosts to a range of endoparasites but the only ones readily obtainable from alive bat are those that live in the blood. A drop of blood can betaken and spread as a thin (one cell thick) or thick 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
several cells thick) smear on a glass slide. In Britain, blood smears have demonstrated the presence of trypanosomes, malarias and babesias. The taking of and examination of blood smears is a specialist occupation and should not be attempted without training and except for specific projects. It will also require a Home Office licence. Other parasites maybe found by examining saliva or droppings (e.g. Coccidia), but little work has been done in this country and, again, studies should be attempted only by those with a special interest and adequate training.