Proceedings of the Vertebrate Pest Conference
Economic Impact of the Potential Spread of Vampire Bats into South Texas
- Author(s): Anderson, Aaron
- Shwiff, Steven S.
- Shwiff, Stephanie A.
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5070/V426110474
Rabies transmitted by the common vampire bat is a major public health concern in subtropical and tropical areas of Latin America, and there is some concern that the species will eventually spread into south Texas. The objective of this study was to estimate the total economic impact of the potential spread of vampire bats into south Texas. Data on livestock populations and values in the relevant counties was combined with expected mortality rates to calculate livestock losses. An IMPLAN model of the regional economy was then used to estimate the secondary impacts experienced by other businesses in the region. These impacts were combined with estimates of increased expenditures on post-exposure prophylaxis and animal tests to derive the total economic impact. We estimated the total economic impact would be $7 million to $9.2 million annually if vampire bats spread to south Texas.