Rabies And Bats Over Estimated?
April 2, 2011
When you think of rabies, bats usually come to mind with their bad reputation of being disease ridden and a nuisance. But a recent study done has changed the way we should look at bats and their stigma of being the bad boy on the block.
Over time bats had the bad reputation of being rabies plagued , that all bats were carries of rabies and many other disease. But as this study shows bats are no more or less carries of rabies as foxes, skunks or raccoons which are considered notorious for carrying and passing rabies on to others. Bats do pass rabies from bat to bat and this is what keeps the rabies virus in the bat population but in the form that it will not destroy at bat colony .
The study shows that less than one percent of the bats carry the rabies virus with this said we should be more involved with other concerns that bats have. One being White-nose Syndrome, others being wind farms, and the destruction of bat habitats.