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Rabies resistance arises in backwater thick with vampire bats

Residents of two Peruvian communities appear to have survived infection

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6:02pm, August 1, 2012

Some people living in a vampire bat–ridden part of the Peruvian Amazon seem to have developed natural resistance to the rabies virus.

“Why these individuals don’t die is very intriguing,” says CDC disease ecologist Amy Gilbert, who led a study by researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Peruvian Ministry of Health.

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