WINNER Bat Viruses: Behind the Scenes

Published: 30 January 2023

Bats can carry zoonotic viruses, viruses that can be transmitted to humans. This project explores the field work of researchers looking to understand how to combat this for bat and human health.

This project focuses on understanding the transmission of zoonotic bat viruses, those that can infect humans, within their natural hosts. They focused on rabies virus, carried by vampire bats in South and Central America, which often infect humans and livestock.

The researchers have identified how the rabies virus circulates in wild bats and inform how interventions can be applied. This involes field research with wild bats, and this project looks to explore not just the bats, but how we study bats safely and responsibly.

This project is led by Megan Griffiths from the School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine.

First published: 30 January 2023

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