Compared with rodents, bat species carry more viruses
Infections that can jump from animals to people may find the flying mammals a fine place to lurk
By Susan Milius, 14:33 PM February 7, 2013
A bat species may be more likely than a rodent to carry viruses known to jump from other animals to people, a new study suggests.
Per species, bats also harbor more known viruses in total than rodents do, including wildlife-only infections as well as those that also infect people, says Angela Luis of Colorado State University in Fort Collins. And a bat virus on average has a greater number of species it can infect, Luis and her colleagues report February 1 in Proceedings of the Royal Socie...
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