Carry out surveillance of bats for early treatment/action to reduce disease/viruses
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Carrying out surveillance of bats for diseases and viruses can provide an early warning system for new outbreaks and may allow preventative measures to be taken. Given that bats can carry a number of harmful zoonotic viruses, such as Ebola and rabies (e.g. see Schneeberger & Voigt 2016), this may reduce conflict between humans and bats where there is a risk to public health. 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.