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Nipah virus threatens pig farms in Indonesia

According to the animal husbandry and health agency of West Kalimantan province, Indonesia, the Nipah virus is currently threatening the pig farming of community living on the border areas between Indonesia and Malaysia.

The agency suspects that the virus came from Malaysia through bats and mosquitoes as vectors. The head of animal husbandry and health agency of West Kalimantan province Abdul Manaf Mustafa said, “It’s difficult to prevent mosquitoes and bats from Malaysia so as not to enter border areas of West Kalimantan.”
Nipah virus was identified as a previously unknown paramyxovirus and the disease was called Nipah disease from the village in Malaysia where it was first identified.


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    Kevin Dhondt

    Mosquitoes transmission is not possible for Nipah virus. Do you have more precise information about your sources? Are there any cases recorded?

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    Arief Fachrudin

    Statement from the head of Animal Husbandry & Health Agency of West Kalimantan province, Mr. Abdul Manaf Mustafa: "There are references stating about bats as the vector of Nipah. We only suspect mosquitoes as vector of the disease, but there is no reference and this needs to be verified through research. We have cooperated with the veterinary research agency to conduct surveillance. We have checked 28 bats and the result is negative."

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