Frequent Human, Bat Interactions From Hunting, Cooking, Eating Increase Potential For Disease Transmissions, Research Shows

Science: Visits to bat caves may up risk of spreading infectious diseases in West Africa
“…[A] new study suggests that [humans and bats] come in contact with one another frequently and for a variety of reasons. In three rural towns in Ghana between 2011 and 2012, researchers surveyed about 1,270 people to learn more about their interactions with bats. … About 45 percent of those surveyed reported eating bats, mainly sourced directly from the caves where bats roosted in drowsy clusters, the researchers report online [Wednesday] in Emerging Infectious Diseases…” (DeMarco, 7/15).

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