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Rabid vampire bats attack Amazon tribe


Vampire bats infected with rabies have attacked more than 500 people in Peru’s Amazon, sparking an outbreak of the disease that has killed four children.

The flying mammals attacked villagers in the northeastern Urakusa region, where the Aguajun tribe lives.

Rabies causes acute inflammation of the brain and is usually spread to humans by dog bites.

Officials say those affected will be vaccinated within a few days.

Meanwhile, the northwest of the country has been hit by an outbreak of bubonic and pneumonic plague.

Rodents roam wild there and they ould be carrying the disease, spreading deadly bacteria and infecting water supplies.

Three people are known to have died from bubonic plague and scores more have been infected.

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