Rabid Vampire Bats Attack More than 1,300 in Brazil. 23 Die.

Health authorities in northern Brazil are dealing with a wave of vampire bats attacks that are infecting humans with the deadly rabies virus. In the last two months, 23 people have contracted rabies from bat bites and died.

Brazilian authorities regard this latest outbreak as unusually serious, blaming deforestation in the Amazon region for the attacks. Health authorities have treated more than 1,300 people for rabies. The vampire bat attacks almost always occur at night, in homes.

In the affected areas, people have been trying to fill gaps in the walls of their huts with banana leaves to stop the bats from getting in.

Some experts blame the attacks on destruction of the rainforest, which deny the bats of their natural habitat.

Others suggest the vampire bat population may have grown rapidly, with the spread of cattle farming in the region providing an ample food supply.

Mass attacks on humans have occurred in other cattle regions in Latin America when the cattle are suddenly removed, denying the bats their normal food.

Bats drink the blood of other mammals while they are asleep. They are the main carriers of rabies in Brazil, AHN reports.

This article appeared originally in Pravda – www.pravda.ru.

Tags:

  • Show Comments (1)

  • Guest

    Whooow
    Thats insane

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

UN Extends Mission in Haiti. Brazil Vows to Stay.

The UN Security Council has voted to extend its Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), ...

Show Must Go on in Brazil. Arrelia Is Dead.

Waldemar Seyssel, better known as Arrelia, died today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at ...

PCC, the Mafia Maintaining Brazil Hostage, Was Created 9 Years Ago

The street gang offensive against Brazilian police that has left scores dead continued early ...

Small Business Creates 70,000 New Jobs in Sí£o Paulo, Brazil

The micro and small sized companies from the state of São Paulo, southeast Brazil, ...

Brazil’s Embraer Delivers 900th Airplane of ERJ 145 Family

Embraer, Brazilian airplane manufacturer, announced today, in São José dos Campos, in the interior ...

Will US See Brazil-France Alliance as Declaration of War? Brazil Won’t Care

The recently signed agreements between Brazil and France are about much more than the ...

US Can Work with Brazil’s Populism, Says Rice

United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice promised before the US Congress to resist ...

Now Is the Opposition’s Turn to Get Involved in a Corruption Scandal in Brazil

After the mensalão (big monthly allowance) case rocked Brazil’s ruling party, the Workers Party ...

Brazil Shows Its Best at German Dental Show

This year there will be almost four times as many Brazilian orthodontic equipment and ...

Brazil’s Lula Wants to Take Colleges to the Interior

Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva affirmed yesterday in his morning radio interview, ...