Bats infect over 50 cows in Guerrero

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries, and Feeding has distributed six thousand vaccines for livestock across several communities

Bats in a cave - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 07/11/2017 11:00 Newsroom Mexico City Actualizada 11:00
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Over 50 cows have died of bovine paralytic rabies transmitted by bats in the municipality of Ometepec, Guerrero, according to an alert issued by Pedro Torres, president of the local Livestock Breeders' Association.

Mr. Torres explained there are two types of bats: fruit bats, which as the name says, feed on fruits; and vampire bats, which feed on the blood of cattle and are carriers of several diseases, including rabies.

This disease is caused by a virus which can be carried by animals such as dogs, cats, bats, skunks, and raccoons, and if humans come in contact with infected saliva from these animals – most commonly through bites or scratches – they can get infected with the virus, which attacks the nervous system.

Given the severity of the situation, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries, and Feeding (SAGARPA) has distributed six thousand vaccines for livestock across several communities of Ometepec, such as El Tamarindo, La Libertad, and Charco de la Puerta.

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