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|Texas CDC researchers set up a trap|
outside a cave containing vampire bats
Since 1970, CDC researchers have been trapping and examining vampire bats to monitor levels of HVV. The virus causes vampirism in humans, although it is treatable with a vaccine. The range of the common vampire bat extends from the southern United States all the way down to Argentina and Chile.
While there is no evidence that any infected bats have passed the virus on to humans, CDC researchers are worried that such an event is inevitable given the numerous illegal immigrants passing through the area. If a person is bitten by an infected vampire bat, they must be vaccinated within 24 hours. "It's pretty isolated out here," said McMullen. "If someone were bitten, it would be hard for them to get to a hospital in time."