Peru Battles Plague of Vampire Bats 500 bitten, 4 dead in Amazon attacks By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Aug 13, 2010 3:44 AM CDT Updated Aug 13, 2010 5:52 AM CDT 10 comments Comments Vampire bats usually attack wildlife or livestock but have been known to prey on humans in areas where their natural habitat has been destroyed. (Wikipedia/Acatenazzi) (Newser) – Peru has dispatched emergency teams to deal with an outbreak of rabies spread by vampire bats. The bloodsuckers have attacked over 500 people in a remote Amazon area, including four children who died, the BBC reports. Most victims have now been vaccinated. Experts believe the bats have started preying on humans because of deforestation.