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Emerg Infect Dis. 2001 May-Jun;7(3):439-41.

Nipah virus infection in bats (order Chiroptera) in peninsular Malaysia.

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Veterinary Research Institute, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.

Abstract

Nipah virus, family Paramyxoviridae, caused disease in pigs and humans in peninsular Malaysia in 1998-99. Because Nipah virus appears closely related to Hendra virus, wildlife surveillance focused primarily on pteropid bats (suborder Megachiroptera), a natural host of Hendra virus in Australia. We collected 324 bats from 14 species on peninsular Malaysia. Neutralizing antibodies to Nipah virus were demonstrated in five species, suggesting widespread infection in bat populations in peninsular Malaysia.

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11384522
PMCID:
PMC2631791
DOI:
10.3201/eid0703.010312
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