Bats and Ebola – The Facts
Why are bats always blamed for epidemics like Ebola?
Unlike humans, bats can harbor diseases without
becoming sick because they have a natural immunity. In fact, bats are natural reservoirs for more than 60 viruses that (although rarely) can infect humans such as Ebola, rabies, and Histoplasmosis.
The important thing to understand is that bats aren’t just flying around willy-nilly spreading diseases to humans. It’s the way humans are treating bats that is allowing these diseases to spread. For example, humans are hunting and eating bats (a common practice in Africa), encroaching on bat habitat to raise livestock and build homes, and even harvesting bats for the cruel exotic pet trade.
So then, who is to blame for the spread of Ebola? Watch the video and see.