rlboyce wrote:Good find tncaver.
tncaver wrote:This is such an important issue that it needs maximum media exposure.
Yes, the Centers for Disease Control published a paper in 2003:
Also, not just NYC, but Albany - a few short miles from the initial WNS outbreak - is also a deep water harbor, directly up the Hudson from NYC - and still at sea level. In fact, Albany experiences tides.
BrianC wrote: Reading their discussion section, the problem as they state it , is humans transporting the bats. I guess that without humans , this transmission path would not occur! I would have to agree with them on this issue only.
tncaver wrote:I think I read that bats can carry Ebola or other similar diseases. I question too much globalization as being a healthy choice for the world.
George Dasher wrote:
BrianC: The article says that bats can cross oceans without any help at all from humans; however, it states they are only known to have only crossed the Atlantic from west to east, not east to west.
Bats and the pathogenic organisms they sometimes harbor are being transported by humans within and between continents, and sometimes these transported bats escape. Because bats reproduce slowly (usually only one or two offspring are produced annually by a female), the chances of successful introduction of the species are minimized. Populations would more likely develop should large numbers be freed in places favorable to survival. Although a single escaped bat might not survive long or reproduce, it would seek shelter in places frequented by local bats to which it might transmit pathogens. As has been observed, introduced pathogens include RABV, other lyssaviruses, or various other agents.
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