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Michigan Study: Culling Vampire Bats to Stem Rabies in Latin America is Ineffective

A team of Michigan researchers and their University of Georgia colleagues found that culling vampire bat colonies to stem the transmission of rabies in Latin America does not slow the spread of the virus and could even have the reverse effect. Vampire bat transmission is the leading cause of human rabies in Latin America, and transmission to livestock contributes to losses of about $30 million annually.