rabies and bats

why are bats so prone to rabies?

I’ll search for a cite but I’ve read that onlty 1% of all bats are rabid.

But aren’t there something loke 2 trillion bats world wide?
That’s 20 billion rabid bats! Almost 4 for every human on the planet!:eek:


National Park Service report, 1998.

The incidence is fairly “rare”, according to some sources, but all bites should be checked.

Google [bats rabies]

Here’s what CDC has to say:


I did find a cite that one-half of one percent of bats tested tested positive.

Just a guess about the concern for rabies: Most animals that typically carry rabies are easier to track down and test. However, if a bat bites you, there’s a good chance you’ll never see that bat again, so it’s wise to go ahead with the vaccination–because, once the symptoms start, there’s no going back.

There’s some info on bats and rabies in the responses to this column: http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a1_029.html