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Young Explorer Returns to Madagascar to Track Infectious Diseases

Young Explorer Cara Brook is in Madagascar studying the spread of infections diseases to humans through bats consumed as bushmeat.  —- Five months ago, I wrote to you from an airplane, bound from Johannesburg, South Africa to Antananarivo, Madagascar, nervously embarking on my first field season of dissertation research and plunging—for the first time in…

Megabats & Ancient Viruses on the Eighth Continent…

Megabats are intriguing because of their recently discovered (and still not fully explained) roles as carriers for some of the world’s most dangerous emerging zoonotic viruses, including Nipah- the virus that inspired the movie “Contagion”.