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For vampire bats, culls don’t cut rabies

U. MICHIGAN (US) — A new study finds that culling—a common rabies-control strategy—does not reduce rates of rabies exposure in vampire bat colonies, and may be counterproductive. The findings may eventually help public health and agriculture officials in Peru develop more effective methods for preventing rabies infections in humans and livestock, according to a team of scientists from the United States and Peru led by Daniel Streicker, a postdoctoral associate at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology. The study was published online this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The research team includes University of Michigan population ecologist Pejman Rohani....


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Source: Futurity.org - Thursday, 14 June, 2012

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