Bats and Disease

It’s possible that the ability to fly protects bats from infection with the 60-plus viruses they carry, many of which are zoonotic, according to a recent study published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. The thinking is that during flight, a bat’s metabolic rate soars to 15 to 16 times the resting level, raising body temperature in a way that might protect the animal from illness. This could also explain why millions of bats have succumbed to white-nose syndrome during hibernation. NBC News (4/16)

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