Tagged: bats

Monday Micro – Ebola outbreak in Guinea - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 24, 2014

The news is full of reports of an outbreak of Ebola in the west African country of Guinea. Ebola is one of a group of related viruses which cause viral haemorrhagic fever. There is no vaccine or treatment for these viruses. So far reports are that there have been at least 80 cases with 59 deaths. Read More

Discovery of a new Ebola-like virus in Europe - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 28, 2011

Researchers from Spain and the USA have reported finding an Ebola-like Filovirus in dead bats in Spain. For those who don’t know anything about Ebola, it a highly contagious virus which causes haemorrhagic fever (described in Richard Preston’s fantastic book The Hot Zone as something like bleeding from every orifice). It probably comes as no surprise that … Read More

Local documentaries: NZ bats, Dunedin stadium and 1080 - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Sep 25, 2010

Tomorrow the local television channel, Channel 9, features two documentaries that might interest local readers. One covers the use of 1080 to control pests, the other the covered stadium under construction. Let me first start with a short documentary that I encountered while researching for this post, which show great footage of New Zealand bats and … Read More

New Zealand’s walking bats - Unsorted

Hilary Miller Aug 12, 2009

New Zealand’s lesser short-tailed bat Mystacina tuberculata is slightly odd in the bat world due to its propensity for running about on the ground instead of flying.  Unlike most bats, which catch their prey while in flight, the lesser short-tailed bat spends much of its time foraging on the forest floor.  The elbow joints in [...] … Read More