Fruit Bats & Ebola
Amazing Animals: Bats
Bats May Hold The Key To Ebola
Many scientists have thought that the tiny fruit bat spreads the Ebola virus, which is true however they have realized that the bats aren't physically effected with Ebola even though they may spread it.
Now they are starting to think that the bats might hold the key to how to manage Ebola or even stop it.
It’s been long suspected that fruit bats are the natural hosts, though the link to humans is sometimes indirect as fruit dropped by infected bats can easily be picked up by other animals.
If scientists learn their tricks in keeping Ebola away it would change the way we treat Ebola patients. The theory behind what may keep the fruit bats safe from Ebola is that they can fly, which requires the metabolism of the bat to run at a very high rate which causes stress and cell damage, experts think bats may have developed a way to switch their immune system permanently on.
Bats Keeping Watch
Bats Are Amazing
"As well as tolerating viruses, bats are also amazingly long-lived. The tiny Brandt's bat, a resident of Europe and Asia, has been recorded living for more than 40 years, even though it is barely the size of a mouse. Bats also rarely get cancer."
"Bat's genes are believed to be doing something that helps the bats survive and reproduce, so that those genes are passed on to subsequent generations."
Scientists need to figure out what that is in order to help those in need.
Secrets and Mysteries of Bats- Nature Documentary
Did You Know?
There are more than 1,200 known species, bats comprise more than 20 percent of the mammal species on Earth.
Do you find bats cute or creepy?
Did You Know?
Bats rarely get cancer
© 2014 Tara Richardson