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.
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- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Molecular Biology
- Clinical Biochemistry