Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Insectivorous bats found under unusual circumstances in Western Montana and submitted to the laboratory were held for observation. Whenever possible saliva samples were taken from the bats soon after capture, and they were induced to bite white mice. When rabies was strongly suspected additional bite and saliva tests were done at irregular intervals. Fourteen tests on 10 rabid bats tested by one or both methods one or more times yielded virus. The salivary swab was slightly more effective in demonstrating infection, but bats of six species transmitted infection by bite on 15 occasions. Some of the mice infected by bite were 21 days old. Four bats of three species were found to harbor virus in oral secretions 10 days or more before death, and one bat () survived 24 days after inflicting infective bites.


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