Warning Pacific South America: Vampire Bat Rabies Outbreak Expected 2020

Posted on November 22, 2016 • Filed under: Agriculture, Latin America Health

Scientists warn of threat to livestock, human health and wildlife conservation in near future.

ibtimes.co.uk reported an outbreak of vampire bat rabies is expected to hit parts of South America within the next four years, scientists have warned. Using genetic evidence and models indicating viral spread, researchers have stated countries on the Pacific coast should prepare for an outbreak by 2020, with threats to human health, wildlife conservation and agriculture predicted.

Working out when the next outbreak of vampire bat rabies will hit is difficult — population movement patterns mean it is extremely hard to work out how epidemics will spread across the globe. Vampire bat rabies is a major problem in Latin America, costing up to $30m (£26m) in livestock deaths alone. Read Article

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