Publications tagged "vampire bats"

Ecological determinants of rabies virus dynamics in vampire bats and spillover to livestock

The epidemiological dynamics of virus transmission among bats remains poorly understood, even for relatively well-studied viruses like rabies. Using longitudinal serology assays of Peruvian vampire bats, we show that rabies maintenance appears to require transmission among multiple, nearby bat colonies which may be facilitated by waning of protective immunity. More

Characterizing and evaluating the zoonotic potential of novel viruses discovered in vampire bats

A case study in evaluating the zoonotic potential of newly-discoved viruses using molecular sequencing data. We highlight the value of evaluating zoonotic potential beyond ad hoc consideration of phylogeny and provide surveillance recommendations for novel viruses in a wildlife host which has frequent contact with humans and domestic animals. More