Rabies Virus in Nasal Mucosa of Naturally Infected Bats

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Science  17 Mar 1972:
Vol. 175, Issue 4027, pp. 1255-1256
DOI: 10.1126/science.175.4027.1255


Rabies virus was demonstrated in the olfactory mucosa of naturally infected bats by staining with fluorescent antibody and by isolation of the virus from the nasal tissues. The olfactory mucosa is a potential portal of entry and exit for airborne rabies virus in bat caves.