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Nipah virus is a looming epidemic threat, experts say

Bat- and pig-borne Nipah virus has a strong potential to cause epidemics, and there is no vaccine or effective treatment for infections, according to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. The virus can be transmitted from person to person and through contaminated food, is associated with a mortality rate of 40% to 90%, and it has caused outbreaks through southern and southeastern Asia.

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