Scientists study link between bats and viruses

Australian scientists are undertaking a 12-month flying fox surveillance program in a bid to learn more about the interaction of bats and the viruses they carry.

“It is believed bats and viruses have co-evolved over millions of years and over time bats have adapted to live in harmony with the viruses they carry,” Program Coordinator, Gary Crameri, Gary said.

“If we are to effectively manage the risk of future outbreaks of new and emerging zoonotic diseases we need to understand the dynamics of infection both within the environment and within the bat.”

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