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Population Control Vampire Bats Makes Rabies Worse
2013-12-03 09:56:01

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Culling vampire bat colonies to slow the spread of rabies in Latin America is ineffective, and could even have the opposite effect, according to research currently appearing in the online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vampire bats are known to transmit rabies throughout Latin America and are said to be responsible for thousands of livestock deaths and even a handful of human fatalities...

Living The Night Life Bats Are Needed All The Time-Not Just On Halloween
2012-10-31 15:03:13

National Science Foundation Researchers are identifying the important ecological and economic contributions of bats; gleaning lessons from incredible bat abilities that may advance technology; and helping to battle a new fatal bat epidemic The sight of bats hanging upside down in creepy caves or fleeing in fluttery flocks from their subterranean haunts at dusk like "bats out of hell" may spook even the most rational, otherwise unflappable observer. Nevertheless, on every day (and...

Amazonians Exposed To Vampire Bat Bites Have Natural Immunity To Rabies
2012-08-02 10:35:19

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online US scientists studying indigenous tribes in the Amazon have found six native Peruvian Amazonians who, after being bitten by rabid vampire bats, suffered no ill effects. Rabies infections from vampire bat bites are quite common in the Amazon region. And in many of the indigenous tribes, most infections are fatal due to lack of access to proper medical treatment. Rabies attacks the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord)...

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2012-06-13 10:17:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com South American vampire bats continue to spread the rabies virus to both livestock and humans despite widespread culling of the flying bloodsuckers. According to a new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B by a team of North and South American researchers, the vampire bat population control efforts not only do not mitigate the spread of the virus–they may actually drive up the ratio of bats carrying it. The researchers, led by...

Butterflies And Bats Aid In Research About Infectious Diseases
2012-06-11 12:08:09

[ Watch the Video ] Human activity, habitat disruption may affect migration patterns and spread of infectious diseases There's a most unusual gym in ecologist Sonia Altizer's lab at the University of Georgia in Athens. The athletes are monarch butterflies, and their workouts are carefully monitored to determine how parasites impact their flight performance. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Altizer and her team study how animal behavior, including long distance...

A Battle Of The Vampires, 20 Million Years Ago
2012-02-04 04:33:28

They are tiny, ugly, disease-carrying little blood-suckers that most people have never seen or heard of, but a new discovery in a one-of-a-kind fossil shows that “bat flies” have been doing their noxious business with bats for at least 20 million years. For bats, that´s a long time to deal with a parasite doing its best vampire impression. Maybe it is nature´s revenge on the vampire bat, an aggressive blood consumer in its own right that will feed on anything from...

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2011-08-12 11:15:00

A migrant farm worker from Mexico became the first person in the United States to ever die from a vampire bat bite, according to US health authorities. The unidentified 19-year-old was bitten July 15, 2010 while sleeping in his family's home in Michoacán, Mexico, AFP is reporting. He failed to seek out medical treatment for the bat bite and instead crossed the border into the United States en route to work in a sugarcane plantation in Louisiana. After one day working in the fields, he...

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2011-08-04 05:50:00

Researchers have discovered the genetic pathway that allows vampire bats to identify the "hot spots" in their prey that are most likely to contain ample amounts of blood, according to a new study published Wednesday. Biologists have long known that bats can detect blood vessels from up to 8 inches away, but it was unclear how they did it fast enough to strike and retreat without alerting their prey. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and Instituto Venezolano de...

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2010-08-16 10:50:00

Four children died and hundreds of people are being treated for rabies after being attacked by vampire bats in Peru, according to various media reports published late last week. The attacks were confirmed by Health Ministry official Jose Bustamente. "At this moment, we're facing an outbreak of wild rabies, produced by the bite of infected bats, in the Urakusa community, especially among the Awajun peoples," Bustamante told RTV on Saturday. "We have identified 508 people bitten who have begun...

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2010-08-06 08:28:54

Samples from 23 species of North American bats lead to new look at cross-species disease transmission Most infectious diseases infect multiple host species, but to date, efforts to quantify the frequency and outcome of cross-species transmission (CST) of these diseases have been severely limited. This lack of information represents a major gap in knowledge of how diseases emerge, and from which species they will emerge. A paper published this week in the journal Science by a team of...


Latest Vampire bat Reference Libraries

White-winged Vampire Bat, Diaemus youngi
2012-07-17 11:03:45

The white-winged vampire bat (Diaemus youngi) is the only species in the genus Diaemus. Its range extends from Mexico into southern Argentina, and includes Isla Margarita and the islands of Trinidad. Approximately thirty bats were found in a hollow tree in Trinidad, and one individual was found in a well-lit cave with two other species of bats. The white-winged vampire bat is so named because of the white tips located on each wing, and these are easily seen when the bat is in flight. These...

Spectral Bat, Vampyrum spectrum
2012-07-13 14:21:36

The spectral bat (Vampyrum spectrum) is the only species in the Vampyrum genus. Its other common names include Linnaeus's false vampire bat, the spectral vampire bat, and the false vampire bat. Despite these names, it is not related to the false vampire bats that are found in the Old World bat family. Its range extends from southern Mexico to Peru, from Ecuador to northern and central Brazil, Guyana, Suriname, and the island of Trinidad. The spectral bat can reach an average body length of...

Yellow-winged Bat, Lavia frons
2012-05-23 13:48:28

The yellow-winged bat (Lavia frons) is a species of false vampire bat. It can be found in Africa, and its range consists of much of mid-Africa including Benin, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, and Zambia. It will roost in many habitats at elevations less than 6,561 feet. It prefers to roost near bodies of water in acacia trees and thorn bushes, but it may be seen roosting in buildings or tree hollows. It will have two roosts...

Common Vampire Bat, Desmodus rotundus
2012-05-01 13:57:30

The common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus) is endemic, or native, to the Americas. It is actually a leaf nosed bat, although it is one of only three parasitic mammals. It can be found in South America, Central America, and in parts of Mexico. In southern Brazil, it is the most common type of bat. The common vampire bat has a southern range including Chile, Uruguay, and northern Argentina. Preferring humid, warm climates, this vampire bat only resides on Trinidad in the West Indies. This bat...

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