Desmodus

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Desmodus

(dez'mō'dŭs),
A blood-feeding genus of Chiroptera, known generally as vampire bats, found in Trinidad and in Mexico, Central and South America; Desmodus artibaeus, Desmodus rotundus, and Desmodus rufus, three species present in both Trinidad and South America, are reservoir hosts of rabies virus.
[desmo- + G. odous, tooth]
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The bite of the common vampire bat has been long recognized to transmit rabies virus to humans throughout Latin America (2).
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