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Machine learning flags four bat species in India capable of hosting the deadly Nipah virus

Updated : July 22, 2019 03:52 PM IST

Using a machine learning approach, researchers pinpointed four species of bats in India that are likely of harbouring and spreading the Nipah virus.
Two of these species are found in the state of Kerala, where an outbreak in 2018 claimed 21 lives.
Greater surveillance of these bat species is needed along with ecological studies to understand the shedding patterns of the virus from bats to reveal how the virus spills over into humans.
Machine learning flags four bat species in India capable of hosting the deadly Nipah virus
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