Zoonotic Nipah virus monitored for pandemic potential

09/10/2013 | PhysOrg.com

Nipah virus, a zoonotic RNA virus that results in the death of seven out of 10 patients, is usually transmitted to humans via contact with contaminated bat fluids, but limited human-to-human transmission has occurred. Physician Stephen Luby, a Stanford University professor of medicine, argues that the virus should be closely monitored for changes in its ability to be passed between humans. He calls for consideration of vaccine programs for at-risk countries and greater investment in shoring up the health care infrastructure in poorer nations with an eye toward limiting the spread of disease.

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