A total of five children were killed in Peru as a result of vampire bat bites. Peruvian authorities were alerted and have downgraded a nationwide campaign warning about the dangers of these flying mammals…..
So far, a total of five children were killed in Peru as a result of vampire bat bites. Peruvian authorities were alerted and have downgraded a nationwide campaign warning about the dangers of these flying mammals.
All children have died because vampire bats have transmitted rabies, fatal to humans. Currently, the number of human victims reached 20 people, including five children and people.
But as, statistics authorities, over 3,500 people were bitten by bats lately, many of them risking already be infected with rabies.
“People died bites fatal victims live in remote areas and crossing distances to their villages, it takes an average of 15 hours. I believe we can help them, roads are blocked by the tumultuous jungles and rivers,” said Fernando Borjas from authorities in Lima.
Deceased children were part of tribes of Native Americans and Wampis Awajun, living in inaccessible jungle regions of north-west of Peru, bordering Ecuador. Vampire bats usually feed on the blood of livestock, namely cattle and chickens, but you can not find their usual booty is not shy to attack people.
Vampire bat bites its victims at night when they sleep deeply: one composed mainly bat saliva acts as a very powerful painkiller – for this reason victims do not feel anything when they are bitten.