A Study of Bat Rabies in Ohio.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO
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Since the observation of 23 bats reported positive for rabies in 1976 might have been due to a higher prevalence of rabies in the bat population, the present study was undertaken to analyze available data on bat rabies in Ohio and to sample the colonial bat population in Ohio to determine if they were infected with rabies virus. Colonial bats were sampled because they made up the majority of identified rabies positive bats during 1976. Also, colonial species were more easily captured than solitary-living species, thus aiding in collection of sufficient bats for this study. The major objectives of this study were 1 To retrospectively analyze the temporal and spatial distribution of bat rabies cases reported by the Ohio Department of Health, and 2 To conduct laboratory tests on a sample of the wild bat population to determine if an epizootic of bat rabies exists in Ohio.
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