Looks like the protest is working. The latest word is that the name of the bat virus will be changed.
They called it the Melaka virus, using the name of the southern state where it was isolated in early 2006 in a human patient.
Chief Minister Ali Rustam said Saturday the state does not want to be associated with the virus and called the name choice "an insult" to Melaka, which is a popular tourist destination because of its historical sites.
"Melaka is a good state, beautiful and peaceful, not the birthplace of diseases," The Star daily quoted him as saying.
Ali said the state government would lodge a formal protest with Malaysia's health ministry.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
The name of a new bat virus has offended the Malaysian state of Melaka (Malacca). From Fox News:
Posted by I.Z. Reloaded at 4:00 PM
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