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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).
Unlike other regions of Brazil where livestock are the principal food source for the common vampire bat, in the Amazon region there is no single main food source but rather several small ones--for example, wildlife, hens, dogs, and people (54, 55).
Common vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) captured in central Brazilian areas also showed no significant differences in lipid reserves between dry and rainy seasons (Freitas et ah, 2006).
rotundus in Costa Rica; however this streblid was not found in this research which could indicate that the common vampire bat is an accidental host.
While other bats in a recent test did just that, the common vampire bat came back for more.
This is the first report of Capillaria sp., infecting specimens of the common vampire bat Desmodus rotundus in the provinces of Guanacaste and Alajuela, Costa Rica.
Nevertheless, we have previously reported another exception to this pattern, the first involving a protein-rich diet animal: the common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus).
RABV-infected individual bats of the tropical American common Vampire Bat (Desmodus rotundus) have been reported throughout their geographic range, which extends from northern Mexico south to Chile and Uruguay (8,29).

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