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Dying bats in the Northeast remain a mystery

Investigations continue into the cause of a mysterious illness that has resulted in the deaths of thousands of bats since March 2008. At more than 25 caves and mines in the northeastern U.S, bats exhibiting a condition now referred to as white-nosed syndrome have been dying. The U.S. Geologic...

Evolutionary history of SARS supports bats as virus source

COLUMBUS, Ohio Scientists who have studied the genome of the virus that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) say their comparisons to related viruses offer new evidence that the virus infecting humans originated in bats. The analysis tracing the viruses paths through human and anima...

Bat Scan to the Rescue: New Clubhouse CT Scanner Helps Eliminate Exploding Bats

Thirty-second Scan Can Uncover Hidden Defects in Maple Bats Before Disaster Strikes for Fans, Players and Coaches CLEVELAND, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's first baseball-bat dedicated application of a portable, battery-operated CT scanner -- able to detect hidden flaws or d...

Scientists detect presence of marburg virus in african fruit bats

A collaborative team of scientists reported findings today demonstrating the presence of Marburg virus RNA genome and antibodies in a common species of African fruit bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus). Appearing in the open-access scientific journal PLoS ONE, the study is the first in which RT-PCR a...

Fruit Bats Act As Carriers of Ebola Virus

The Gabon's Centre International de Recherches M├ędicales de Franceville has identified three types of fruit bats as the possible source of infection by the deadly Ebola virus // . The Epomops franqueti, Hypsignathus monstrosus, and Myonycteris torquata bats are eaten in Central Africa by local Cong...

Research on Fruit Bats

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt and at The Field Museum for Natural History in Chicago have discovered that nocturnal fruit bats (flying foxes) possess cones in addition to rods. The retinas of most mammals contain two types of photoreceptor cells, the cones ...

Humans Can Develop Bat-Like Echolocation

...can develop echolocation, a system of acoustic signals used by dolphins and bats to "see" their surroundings, new research has found. Spanish researchers...said in a news release. "In certain circumstances, we humans could rival bats in our echolocation or biosonar capacity," he claimed. In their first pu...

Go Pink on Mother's Day to Fight Breast Cancer

...p up to the plate wielding pink Louisville Slugger bats on Mother's Day. Games played on May 10 will mark the fourth year the pink Louisville Slugger bats have been used to call attention to the menace of ...5th anniversary Louisville Slugger logo, Big Time bats of Mundelein, Ill., will customize an authenticate...

WNS Identified at Six Sites in Pennsylvania

...monitor bat hibernacula, the number of sites where bats have been confirmed infected or dying from White N...ng people who encounter five or more dead or dying bats in an area to contact us, as we'd really like to k...caves or mines or underground. Also, do not handle bats -- dead or alive -- and keep children and pets awa...

Monkey Gene That Blocks AIDS Viruses Evolved More Than Once

... This development of similar genetic adaptations in different species is called convergent evolution. A prime example is the development of flight in bats and in birds. The fact that adaptations involving TRIM5 and CypA occurred at least twice in primates suggests that this combination provided a stro...

Scientists make first map of emerging-disease hotpsots

...ndemic, thought to have started from human contact with chimps, has led to over 65 million infections; recent outbreaks of SARS originating in Chinese bats have cost up to $100 billion. Outbreaks like the exotic African Ebola virus have been small, but deadly. Despite three decades of research, p...

Bat Virus Renamed After Protests from Malaysia State

...after, reports said Monday. Malaysian and Australian scientists recently announced that they had discovered a virus believed to be carried by bats that causes serious respiratory illness in humans. Malaysian health authorities decided to name it "Melaka virus" after it infected a family o...

Avian Flu Seen in Others Birds too

...ts are happy about the significant improvement in containing the bird flu AUSTRALIAN scientists have reported the discovery of a new virus carried by bats that can cause serious flu-like symptoms in humans. Health and veterinary experts have singled out Indonesia, Egypt and Nigeria as countries w...

Mealaka Virus Will Have a New Name

...s will carry some other innocuous name. Australian and Malaysian scientists announced last week they discovered a new virus likely carried by bats that can cause respiratory illness in humans. They called it the Melaka Virus, using the name of the southern Malaysian state where the virus was isol...

Research on Vaccine Against Ebola Virus

... research, the Ebola virus could bring more harm to great apes than to human population. This virus is said to be contacted from a specific species of bats by the primate community. But the challenge lies in the administration of this vaccine to the animals as the animals are averse to needle pokes. H...

More Indians Die of Rabies Annually

... are the most common symptoms, which occur in rabies patients within 30-90 days of the bite. All warm-blooded animals like cat, dog, jackal, camel and bats can cause this fatal disease. "But patients can be saved if they are admitted to the hospital in time," Singh said. Scores of people succu...

U.S., Australian Scientists Develop Vaccine Against Deadly Viruses

... while the Hendra virus killed two Australians and 16 horses in Australia's northern state of Queensland in 1994-95. Both viruses are carried by fruit bats in nature and have alarmed scientists with the ease in which they jump from animals to humans. The new vaccine is composed of a component of the...

Rabies Requires Immediate Treatment

...extremely difficult cure, so it is always safer to avoid contact with animals which are suspected to be rabid. The transmission of the disease through bats is the most dangerous as bite marks of the bat are difficult to locate, and the victim comes to get to know of his condition only when it is too late....

Health Problems Due To Ecosystem's Degradation

...ipah virus which infected human beings through pigs in Malaysia is reported to be due to forest clearance activities in Indonesia, driving the carrier bats to the neighbouring country. The SARS disease is also being attributed to the degradation of the ecosystem. Intensive livestock production, in spite ...
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