vampire bat


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vam·pire bat

a member of the genus Desmodus; an important reservoir host of rabies virus in Central and South America.

vampire bat

n.
1. Any of several bats of the subfamily Desmodontinae, found in subtropical and tropical regions of the Americas, that bite mammals and birds to feed on their blood and that often carry diseases such as rabies.
2. Any of various other bats, as those of the family Megadermatidae, erroneously believed to feed on blood.
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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).
To get sustenance, vampire bats have to swallow a lot of blood and filter out the excess liquid.
The bite of the common vampire bat has been long recognized to transmit rabies virus to humans throughout Latin America (2).
A vampire bat weighs about as much as a mouse, and it is one of the largest blood feeders.
Last year alone, a record 1133 people took part in the NBMP surveys and more sites are being monitored than ever before.: Why the bad image for bats?:There is of course a species known as the vampire bat. Found only in Mexico and parts of Central and South America, they feed primarily on the blood of livestock.
Unlike movie vampires, the vampire bat's bite is painful, but not deadly (unless it carries disease).
A FARMER has died and more than 40 people are being treated for possible rabies after vampire bat attacks.
This cave is highly vandalized with writing on most of its walls and obvious charring on the main ceiling from fires inside the cave, possibly from a mis-informed vampire bat eradication effort, though we did not encounter vampire bats at Piedra Cocha.