“Chiroptophobia” – Fear of bats

Many people are scared of bats. They think that bats are disease carriers, blood suckers and creatures of darkness. The fear of bats come from the lack of understanding on the true nature of this animal.
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Being bitten by a bat is something that people fear, but it is not something they should be worried about. The most common way people get bitten by a bat is when they try to catch the animal by grabbing it in their hands. While bats do bite humans, it is almost always in self defense.
Bats will not actively seek you out to bite you. Most bats eat small flying insects or fruits and seeds and have no reason to attack human.
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Bats are associated with many dangerous diseases such as Ebola, Nipal, rabies, etc. However, the same can be spoken for many wild animals such as rats, mices, civets or mokeyd.
Only by prolonged contacting with bats with bats or eating batsthe disease can jump from bats to humans. Therefore, avoiding close contact with bats and saying no to consuming wildlife will reduce the likelihood of disease transmission from bats to humans.
Nipah virus transmission. Source: www.jenner.ac.uk
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The myths of Vampires or Dracula may be the reason why we think bats are blood suckers. In fact, only 3 of the nearly 1,400 species of bats in the world use animal blood for food, these species are distributed in Latin America and feed mainly on the blood of poultry and domestic animals in farms.

Bats are associated with the legend of vampires. Image source: freepik

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