Economy 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. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.