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Posted: 8/2/2005 8:48:38 AM EDT
US bats eat bugs.. so how do they get the rabies to start?

www.wftv.com/news/4798187/detail.html
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 8:59:07 AM EDT

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US bats eat bugs.. so how do they get the rabies to start?

www.wftv.com/news/4798187/detail.html



Good question.  The reasons bats often carry is is because rabies is a very hot virus!!!!  They often roost in close quarters and the virus is consistently jump through bat poulations.

How that all got started is beyond me.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 9:03:26 AM EDT
Semi Hijack.

Bats also carry bedbugs.  We bought a house and have found a couple of bedbugs in the windowsill right below where about 25 bats are roosting.  No carpet, clothes, or furniture in that room though, so I am going to wait until winter to seal up the roosting spot.



Link Posted: 8/2/2005 9:03:59 AM EDT
Good question, I have never have been given a good explanation on how they get it either.
"Inquiring minds want to know"
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 9:04:41 AM EDT
They eat masquitoes that have bitten animals with rabies.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 9:09:00 AM EDT

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They eat masquitoes that have bitten animals with rabies.



then we would get rabies from that same masquito if bit... and i have never seen that
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 9:12:52 AM EDT
They come installed in them from the factory  
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 9:13:15 AM EDT

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US bats eat bugs.. so how do they get the rabies to start?

www.wftv.com/news/4798187/detail.html



From my understanding, it's a viral disease
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 9:17:37 AM EDT
Rabies is transmitted through direct contact with the saliva of an infected animal.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 9:28:32 AM EDT
The Rabies Virus is usually transmitted via saliva contact during a bite. Bats ‘Groom’ each other, transferring the Virus around the Colony.  
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 9:34:47 AM EDT

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The Rabies Virus is usually transmitted via saliva contact during a bite. Bats ‘Groom’ each other, transferring the Virus around the Colony.  



Makes sense to me.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 10:07:50 AM EDT
Bats get rabies the same way any other animal does, through exposure to another rabid mammal.  But unlike most other mammals, if you encounter a bat, chances are there’s something wrong with it.

The incidence of rabies among bats is no higher than other animals but, unless you’re a spelunker, any bat you encounter probably is behaving abnormally.  And abnormal behavior is one of the indicators of rabies infection.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 10:09:16 AM EDT
Unprotected sex.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 10:37:05 AM EDT

Bats get rabies the same way any other animal does, through exposure to another rabid mammal


right, but that threw blood or a bite... since they eat bugs, how do they get it?
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