Into a Cave: Enhancing Surveillance in Malaysia

Updated: Oct 8, 2021

Bat viruses surveillance helps to increase safety of ecotourism in Wind Cave Nature Reserve, Sarawak, Malaysia


Since 2002 and the emergence of new types of coronavirus, bats have been known to be hosting several viruses including coronaviruses, astroviruses, enteroviruses or others. As many of these are of public health concern, a team of experts devoted eight months to the identification bat-coronaviruses in Wind Cave, Bau, Sarawak, Malaysia. Wind Cave is a known ecotourism spot that draws thousands of tourists annually to its cool windy cavern that is home to many swiftlets and bats.