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Press Release 10-135

Scientists Unlock Secret of Rabies Transmission in Bats

Samples from 23 species of North American bats lead to new look at cross-species disease transmission

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Photo of a bat in flight.

A bat in flight could be ferrying disease to other species.

Credit: Ivan Kuzmin


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Photo of several species of bats flying together in a cave.

Several species of bats flying together in a cave.

Credit: Ivan Kuzmin


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Photo of bats on a cave wall.

Samples from 23 North American bat species helped determine cross-species transmission.

Credit: Ivan Kuzmin


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Photo of a big brown bat, Eptesicus fuscus, on a cave wall.

Big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus), one of the major rabies virus reservoirs in North America.

Credit: Ivan Kuzmin


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Photo of a common vampire bat, Desmodus rotundus, captured in a mist net.

Common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus) captured in a mist net

Credit: Oscar Centty


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Photo of bats captured for sampling in a bucket trap.

Bats are also captured for sampling in what's called a bucket trap.

Credit: Daniel Streicker


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Photo of the bat species Lasiurus sp.

The bat species Lasiurus sp. had one of the highest rates of cross-transmission in the study.

Credit: Daniel Streicker


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Photo of a bat pinned for measurement of its wing area.

Bat pinned for measurement of its wing area.

Credit: Daniel Streicker


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Photo of Daniel Streicker collecting brain sample from a rabid bat.

Daniel Streicker collecting brain sample from a rabid bat.

Credit: Felix Jackson


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Immunohistochemical staining of rabies virus antigens in an infected animal brain.

Immunohistochemical staining of rabies virus antigens in an infected animal brain.

Credit: Ivan Kuzmin


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A conceptual diagram describes quantification of cross-species disease transmission rates.

A conceptual diagram describes quantification of cross-species disease transmission rates.

Credit: Daniel Streicker


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Cover of the August 6, 2010 issue of the journal Science.

The researchers' findings are described in the August 6 issue of the journal Science.

Credit: Copyright AAAS 2010


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