Volume 4, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


The existence of rabies in bats in South and Central America has been known since the early part of this century. Pawan (1936) has recognized the infection in species of fruit eating bats of the genera and in addition to the vampire bats. Johnson (1948) reports that both he and Ten Broeck isolated rabies virus from the vampire bat, , in Mexico.

Bat rabies in the United States was first recognized by personnel of the Florida State Department of Health. Venters (1954) isolated the rabies virus from a Florida yellow bat, , which was killed while attacking a child. Subsequently, the same investigators, loc. cit., found a second positive species (Seminole bat, ) as well as five other infected .

Recovery of rabies virus from a third insectivorous species (hoary bat, ) in Pennsylvania has been reported by Witte (1954).


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