Carry out surveillance of bats to prevent the spread of disease/viruses to humans to reduce human-wildlife conflict
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Bats can carry diseases and viruses that may spillover to human populations with serious risks to public health (e.g. see Schneeberger & Voigt 2016). Carrying out surveillance of bats for diseases and viruses, particularly in areas where bats and humans are in close contact, could provide an early warning system for potential spillover events and may allow preventative measures to be taken. This may reduce the persecution and culling of bats. Surveillance programmes and sampling protocols should aim to minimize disturbance to bats.
Schneeberger K. & Voigt C.C. (2016) Zoonotic viruses and conservation of bats. Pages 263–292 in: Voigt C.C. & Kingston T. (eds.) Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of Bats in a Changing World. Springer International Publishing, Cham.