OF BATS AND BUGS: CHARACTERIZING ARBOVIRAL TRANSMISSION AT THE HUMAN-WILDLIFE INTERFACE
Bats and the viruses they carry have been of increasing interest to the scientific community since the determination nearly 20 years ago that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) likely originated in Chinese bats. However, studies into the relationship between bats and the pathogens they carry date back to the mid-20th century, when researchers began analyzing the susceptibility of bats to rabies and other viruses – many of them transmitted by mosquitoes. Since these initial explorations into bats’ ability to serve as hosts of arboviruses, scientific and technological advancement ...
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