Pig Pandemic

Now on the WHO’s list of viruses most likely to cause a global pandemic, in 1999 the Nipah virus was a mystery to be solved by 2 Malyasian doctors.
An unknown brain disease was devastating the farming town of Nipah, and the government blamed mosquitoes. But Kaw Bing Chua and C.T. Tan noted a clue.
“No Muslims were getting sick,” Tan recounted recently to NPR’s Goats and Soda in a story for its series on pandemics. The doctors eventually traced the virus’ spread to the industrialization of Malaysian pig farms in the 1980s and 1990s. Since 1999, 16 outbreaks of Nipah have hit Asia.
Source: NPR Goats and Soda

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