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A lethal virus carried by ‘vampires’ is rampaging across the Americas
Viral genomes suggest that rabies strains carried by vampire bats travel from South America to North America, and vice versa.
Vampire bats’ gory habit of feeding on mammalian blood allows them to transmit the deadly rabies virus, endangering people and livestock across Latin America. Now, scientists have learnt that strains of the rabies virus that infects vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) travel up and down the Americas — a finding that could sway efforts to control the disease.