Protecting People from Dangerous Viruses by Investigating the Ecology of Flying Foxes!
Understanding flying fox ecology to reveal high infection risk locations and activities.
Bats can transmit rabies and other dangerous viruses. Among the bats, flying foxes travel particularly long distances, and should be monitored as animals that may spread infections across national borders. Their ecology, however, is still poorly understood. In this project, we are conducting a survey of the movement of flying foxes in Indonesia, home to a great diversity of plants and animals. We assess their points of contact with dogs, wild animals, and humans, and track routes of infection. We will also analyze the viral strains that they carry.
Improve public health through effective measures to prevent infection.
The development of diagnostic tools and methods for rapid and exhaustive detection of viruses has enabled the gathering of more accurate infection data. Our aim is also to lay the foundations for research and education so that local researchers can carry out viral analysis and diagnosis independently, enabling them to continue gathering and disseminate infection data to reduce the number of infections caused by flying foxes.