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A small colony of Townsend’s big eared bats at Lava Beds National Monument, Calif. Shawn Thomas, NPS/Flickr

It’s wrong to blame bats for the coronavirus epidemic

The value that bats provide to humans by pollinating crops and eating insects is far greater than harm from virus transmission – which is mainly caused by human actions.
Viral sequences related to known human coronavirus outbreaks have been identified in horsehoe bats. Dr. Low de Vries

Why it’s important to study coronaviruses in African bats

Understanding the many factors that may play a role in spillover of pathogens from bats to humans requires systematic surveillance of bat populations.
Three North American little brown bats with signs of white-nose syndrome, which is virtually certain to hit Australian bats without further action. KDFWR/Terry Derting

Australia’s threatened bats need protection from a silent killer: white-nose syndrome

It's been a deadly summer for Australia's wildlife. But beyond the fires, we need to act now to protect bats -- which make up a quarter of Australian mammal species -- from a silent overseas killer.
Raccoons, foxes, skunks and bats are all hosts of specific rabies virus variants. Humans can be infected by them all. (Shutterstock)

Rabies: How it spreads and how to protect yourself

Rabies is almost always fatal once the symptoms appear. It is also completely preventable, so long as you know how to protect yourself.
Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight. Scientists believe flight may influence their immune responses to coronoviruses, which cause fatal diseases such as SARS and MERS in humans. (Shutterstock)

Can bats help humans survive the next pandemic?

Scientific studies show that bats may carry "coronoviruses" causing SARS and MERS - without showing symptoms of disease. Could the bat immune system be key to human survival in future pandemics?

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