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Fruit bats harbour more deadly viruses

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 09:26 PM

Researchers have found that henipaviruses, which spread to other animals and humans, and a disease that is similar to rabies are widespread in a species of fruit bat found in Africa.

The team says this poses a potential risk to human health, because the bats roost close to cities and are also hunted for food.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-25003792

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 10:13 PM

Yup a child here in Australian died from it last year.


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 10:17 PM

I'm gonna stop eating the dead bats that I find. Thanks Obama :hmm:

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 10:47 PM

Tell everyone....do not eat the fruit bats and educate them on the reasons why it is dangerous.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 03:22 AM

I didn't realize bats were hunted for food. But I'm used to seeing very tiny ones.

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 03:39 PM

I suppose it's a reason to not eat tartar-bat nor bat sushi then.

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