Bats & Hantavirus

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Posted by LeRoy on January 25, 2004 at 22:13:30:

One of my neighbors is a renowned authority on bats. She said bats do not carry or transmit hantavirus. I e-mailed other authorities and they concur. Also I did an extensive Google search and found no information linking hantavirus with bats.

Bats are extremely important to the desert ecosystem. There are well documented cases of dumb people killing large populations of bats in caves and mine shafts because they feel they are vectors for such maladies as hantavirus. True, they do—in extremely rare instances—carry rabies. Please use this WEB site to spread knowledge; not rumors. LeRoy

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