For years, scientists have been asking themselves: Are bats special?
The answer may seem obvious. After all, bats are flying mammals that “see” with their ears. Special for sure.
But, for a decade now, researchers have been debating whether bats have another special ability — the ability to carry viruses that infect humans.
Bats have been suspects in the emergence of outbreaks of Ebola, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-Cov).