A bat rabies isolate with an unusually short incubation period

G. M. Baer, A. K. Harrison, S. P. Bauer, J. H. Shaddock, F. A. Murphy

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Rabies viruses from two types of bats were inoculated intracerebrally into laboratory mice. The reactions of the mice differed markedly. Those inoculated with virus from a Mexican freetail bat, Tadarida brasiliensis mexicana, died a violent death after an incubation of 4 to 5 days. The pathology was marked, with much neuronal destruction noted. Those mice inoculated with virus from a vampire bat, Desmodus rotundus, died after incubation periods similar to those noted after inoculation of common “street” viruses, i.e., 7 days or more. The pathology corresponded to the limited amount usually seen after death from “street” virus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-222
Number of pages12
JournalExperimental and Molecular Pathology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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