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Outbreak of aggressions and transmission of rabies in human beings by vampire bats in northeastern Brazil.
Rev Soc Bras Med Trop. 2002 Sep-Oct; 35(5):461-4.RS

Abstract

Outbreaks of attacks upon human beings by vampire bats seems to be a common phenomenon in several regions of Latin America, but the occurrence of rabies infection among humans bled by vampires, is relatively low. In the present study, two outbreaks of human rabies transmitted by common vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) are described from Bahia State, Northeastern Brazil, in 1991 and 1992. The first was recorded in Aporá where 308 people were bled by vampires bats and three of these die from this zoonosis. The 2nd outbreak occurred in Conde where only five people were bled by vampires, and two deaths by rabies were registered. Our data suggest that rabies transmitted by bats basically depends on the presence of virus in the vampire bat population and not on the number of humans bled by them.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Núcleo Regional de Ofiologia e Animais Peçonhentos da Bahia do Departamento de Zoologia do Instituto de Biologia da Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador, BA, Brazil.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12621664

Citation

Gonçalves, Marcio A S., et al. "Outbreak of Aggressions and Transmission of Rabies in Human Beings By Vampire Bats in Northeastern Brazil." Revista Da Sociedade Brasileira De Medicina Tropical, vol. 35, no. 5, 2002, pp. 461-4.
Gonçalves MA, Sá-Neto RJ, Brazil TK. Outbreak of aggressions and transmission of rabies in human beings by vampire bats in northeastern Brazil. Rev Soc Bras Med Trop. 2002;35(5):461-4.
Gonçalves, M. A., Sá-Neto, R. J., & Brazil, T. K. (2002). Outbreak of aggressions and transmission of rabies in human beings by vampire bats in northeastern Brazil. Revista Da Sociedade Brasileira De Medicina Tropical, 35(5), 461-4.
Gonçalves MA, Sá-Neto RJ, Brazil TK. Outbreak of Aggressions and Transmission of Rabies in Human Beings By Vampire Bats in Northeastern Brazil. Rev Soc Bras Med Trop. 2002 Sep-Oct;35(5):461-4. PubMed PMID: 12621664.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Outbreak of aggressions and transmission of rabies in human beings by vampire bats in northeastern Brazil. AU - Gonçalves,Marcio A S, AU - Sá-Neto,Raymundo J, AU - Brazil,Tania K, Y1 - 2002/11/29/ PY - 2003/3/8/pubmed PY - 2003/5/14/medline PY - 2003/3/8/entrez SP - 461 EP - 4 JF - Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical JO - Rev Soc Bras Med Trop VL - 35 IS - 5 N2 - Outbreaks of attacks upon human beings by vampire bats seems to be a common phenomenon in several regions of Latin America, but the occurrence of rabies infection among humans bled by vampires, is relatively low. In the present study, two outbreaks of human rabies transmitted by common vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) are described from Bahia State, Northeastern Brazil, in 1991 and 1992. The first was recorded in Aporá where 308 people were bled by vampires bats and three of these die from this zoonosis. The 2nd outbreak occurred in Conde where only five people were bled by vampires, and two deaths by rabies were registered. Our data suggest that rabies transmitted by bats basically depends on the presence of virus in the vampire bat population and not on the number of humans bled by them. SN - 0037-8682 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12621664/Outbreak_of_aggressions_and_transmission_of_rabies_in_human_beings_by_vampire_bats_in_northeastern_Brazil_ L2 - https://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0037-86822002000500006&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -