On the U-M Gateway: vampire bat study may lead to better rabies-control strategies
Monday, June 18, 2012
A new study of rabies in vampire bats in Peru has found that culling bats -- common rabies control strategy -- does not reduce rates of rabies exposure in bat colonies, and may even be counterproductive.
The findings may eventually help public health and agriculture officials in Peru develop more effective methods for preventing rabies infections in humans and livestock, according to a team of scientists from the United States and Peru that included Professor Pej Rohani and was led by Daniel Streicker, a postdoctoral associate at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology.
The study was published online June 13, 2012, in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
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Caption: Close-up of a common vampire bat. Credit: Oscar Centty, National University of San Marcos.
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