A vendor selling bats at the Tomohon Extreme Meat market in Indonesia. Photo: AFP A vendor selling bats at the Tomohon Extreme Meat market in Indonesia. Photo: AFP
A vendor selling bats at the Tomohon Extreme Meat market in Indonesia. Photo: AFP

A bat-infested Thai cave shows it’s hard to banish virus risk

  • At the Khao Chong Phran cave in Ratchaburi, buckets of bat dung is mined, packaged and sold as fertiliser for US$2,400
  • Bats contain the highest proportion of mammalian viruses that are likely to infect humans, according to a 2017 study

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
A vendor selling bats at the Tomohon Extreme Meat market in Indonesia. Photo: AFP A vendor selling bats at the Tomohon Extreme Meat market in Indonesia. Photo: AFP
A vendor selling bats at the Tomohon Extreme Meat market in Indonesia. Photo: AFP
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