Nipah virus threatens pig farms in Indonesia

06-06-2012 | |

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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