Vampire Bats Kill 13 People in Brazil

Rabies-carrying vampire bats killed at least 13 people in a remote Amazon town in Brazil’s northern state of Para last month. The state health care department said the thumb-sized creatures had attacked about 300 people — an unusually high number — since 2 March in the riverside Portel area, next to the world’s biggest estuarine archipelago of Marajo. Government scientists suspect the attacks are linked to a change in the bats’ migration pattern caused by deforestation — via Oft Quoted

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