Scientists Discover Existence Of Bat Flu, Human Risk Still Unclear
Feb 29, 2012 16:30
The flu is common in humans, birds and pigs, and has even been documented in other animals like dogs, horses, seals and whales. And now scientists report first evidence of the flu in bats found in Guatemala.
The AP reports that a CDC outpost in Guatemala discovered what researchers are calling the "genetic material of a flu virus" found in the intestines of the Sturnira lilium, a little yellow-shouldered species of bat. They also believe that the virus has been growing for years:
The research has been posted online in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.