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Description:This image depicts the head of a “Gray-headed Flying Fox”, Pteropus poliocephalus.

The gray-headed flying fox is a member of the order Chiroptera, and due to their size, the subfamily Megachiroptera, though not all the “megabat” members are giants, ranging in size from 2.4 to 16 inches in length.
The natural reservoir for Hendra virus is thought to be flying foxes (bats of the genus Pteropus) found in Australia. The natural reservoir for Nipah virus is still under investigation, but preliminary data suggest that bats of the genus Pteropus are also the reservoirs for Nipah virus in Malaysia.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Brian W.J. Mahy, BSc, MA, PhD, ScD, DSc
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Links:CDC – Special Pathogens Branch; Hendra Virus Disease and Nipah Virus Encephalitis
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