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Culling vampire bats failed to beat rabies — and made the problem worse


By Jude Coleman

March 10, 2023

Latin American governments’ decades-long campaign of killing vampire bats to reduce rabies outbreaks has the opposite effect, a study in Peru has found. Reactive culling, which takes place after the disease is already present, can accelerate the spread of the virus, according to a paper published today in Science Advances1.

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