One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The occurrence of an infectious or parasitic disease as an enzootic in wild animals in particular areas or foci (usually determined by ecological constraints upon the host and any vector species).
1950s. From nidus + -ality. Compare Russian očagovost′ from očag, lit. ‘hearth’, also used in transferred senses ‘centre, seat, focus of infection, nidus’ + -ovost′, abstract noun suffix.
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