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Volume 15, Number 8—August 2009

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Human Rabies and Rabies in Vampire and Nonvampire Bat Species, Southeastern Peru, 2007

Gabriela Salmón-Mulanovich, Alicia Vásquez, Christian Albújar, Carolina Guevara, Alberto Laguna-Torres, Milagros Salazar, Hernan Zamalloa, Marcia Cáceres, Jorge Gómez-Benavides, Victor Pacheco, Carlos Contreras, Tadeusz Kochel, Michael Niezgoda, Felix R. Jackson, Andres Velasco-Villa, Charles E. Rupprecht, and Joel M. MontgomeryComments to Author 
Author affiliations: US Naval Medical Research Center Detachment, Lima, Peru (G. Salmόn-Mulanovich, C. Albújar, C. Guevara, V.A. Laguna-Torres, T. Kochel. J.M. Montgomery); Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA (G. Salmόn-Mulanovich); Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima (A. Vásquez, V. Pacheco); University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA (M. Salazar); Instituto Nacional de Salud, Lima (H. Zamalloa); Dirección de Salud Madre de Dios, Puerto Maldonado, Peru (M. Cáceres, C. Contreras); Dirección General de Epidemiologia, Lima (J. Gómez-Benavides); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (M. Niezgoda, F.R. Jackson, A. Velasco-Villa, C. Rupprecht)

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Table 2

Rabies antibody prevalence, vampire and nonvampire bats, southeastern Peru, 2007*

Variables No. positive/
no. sampled p value
Sex 0.111
F 14/103
M
3/62

Age 0.078
Subadult 0/25
Adult
17/140

Genera 0.685
Desmodus sp. 1/7
Carollia sp. 12/125
Others
4/33

Isolation location 1.000
A 3/28
B
14/137

Refuges and foraging areas† 1.000
Natural 7/77
Disturbed 8/79

*n = 165. Overall prevalence was 10.3 (95% confidence interval 6.1–16.0).
†Information on refuges and foraging areas is missing for 9 individuals, including 2 positive Carollia perspicillata bats.

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