Rabies Transmission Dynamics Among Vampire Bats in Peru
Friday, January 18, 2013 at 1:00pm to 1:45pm
Bronfman Science Center, 105 18 Hoxsey St, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA
Abstract: Bats are important reservoirs for emerging infectious diseases, yet the mechanisms that allow highly virulent pathogens to persist within bat populations remain obscure. In Latin America, vampire bat transmitted rabies virus (VBRV) represents a key example of how such uncertainty can impede efforts to prevent cross-species transmission. Despite decades of agricultural and human health losses, control efforts have had limited success. I will introduce a model of VBRV transmission dynamics within vampire bat colonies and describe how it is parameterized by using data from a field study of vampire bats in Peru. The mechanisms generating persistence within bat colonies as well as the associated effects of culling will then be explored.
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