Vampire infection in New Orleans has been traced back to infected bats that were trapped in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, according to a new study published this week. The study suggests that the outbreak of blood-borne diseases can spread even after a disaster has passed.
The researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Tulane University, and New Orleans’ Tulane University School of Public Health, looked at records of 8,847 confirmed infections and 8,566 suspected cases of blood-borne diseases during the study period between 2005 and 2010. They found that about two-thirds of the cases of vampirism occurred within three years after the storm, which was one of the deadliest natural disasters to hit the city.
The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, used data from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to find that most of the people who contracted blood-borne diseases were bitten or scratched by infected bats.