Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween bats no real problem, rain could be

Oh Halloween, not as spooky
as some of the political comments on Fix
"Trick or treat", here we come
Science Daily/Kansas State University, 10/30/14.  "Bat influenza viruses unlikely to pose a threat to human health."

"Bats seen at Halloween this year may not be quite as scary as they appear -- at least when it comes to the spread of specific viruses. A research project conducted in part by a team of researchers in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University suggests that influenza viruses carried by bats pose a low risk to humans.

.... 'While our data suggest that the bat influenza viruses are authentic viruses and provide new insights into the evolution and basic biology of influenza viruses, the results also indicate that they pose little, if any, pandemic threat to humans,' Ma said."  Read more.

Note graphics:  children walking from  Bullhead Chamber of Commerce, police press release, "Halloween safety tips".  Halloween from Offerpop marketing.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

shutout this year. Only happened once before when the giants were playing in the world series on halloween night.

zero kids for trick or treat