bat rabies

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Empirical evidence suggests that at least some species of bats can carry the rabies virus without actually getting rabies. They apparently excrete the virus in feces and can transmit it to other animals in saliva. Speleologists working in caves frequented by large numbers of bats have occasionally been reported to get rabies, allegedly by inhalation of airborne rabies virus, but probably by invasion of the virus through skin abrasions.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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