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Australian state issues health alert after fatal virus detected among group of bats

A health alert has been issued after a fatal virus was detected among a group of bats in western Sydney. The Western Sydney Local Health District warned locals against handling or going near bats over fears humans could catch Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV). ABLV is usually transmitted via a bite or scratch from an infected […]

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Vampire BATS social distance when they are sick, study finds

Researchers have found vampire bats that are sick spend less time near others in their community, which slows how quickly a disease will spread. According to the study, published in ‘Behavioural Ecology’, as a pathogen spreads across a population, changes in social behaviour can alter how the disease spreads. “Transmission rates can increase when parasites […]

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Covid-19 has been circulating in bats for decades

A team of scientists have discovered that the lineage that gave rise to the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that is responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic, has been circulating in bats for decades and likely includes other viruses with the ability to infect humans. The findings, published in the journal Nature Microbiology, have implications for the prevention […]

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Thousands of bats take over town forcing residents into lockdown

Thousands of bats have taken over a town with residents afraid to leave home or take their children to school. The ‘bat-tornado’ was so intense that the local hospital’s air ambulance was grounded as they made it impossible to fly. The flying animals have taken over the town of Ingham in North Queensland, but they […]