By: Allie M.
Vampire bats, which are native to Central and South America, are known to carry the rabies virus. Each year, these bats cause thousands of livestock deaths, and occasionally a few human fatalities. In 2010, vampire bat bites killed four children in a remote Amazonian region of Peru.To develop more effective ways of controlling the spread of rabies, Rohani and colleagues created four mathematical models of rabies transmission, each representing a different hypothesis for the biology of the rabies infection in a bat colony.These results suggest current culling practices, which are largely reactive and nondiscriminatory, likely do little to stop the spread of rabies, the researchers said. (Read more…)