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Putting Nipah on Notice

Nipah virus—with no treatment or vaccine 20 years post-discovery, despite its status as a WHO priority disease—has serious epidemic potential, warn international experts convening in Singapore, Reuters reports.
 
The virus has ignited outbreaks with mortality rates of between 40-90% in Malaysia, Bangladesh, and India.
 
The conference, co-hosted by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and Duke-NUS Medical School, is looking at ways to head off the threat and boost collaboration, CEPI says.   
 
The Quote: “We buckle up our seatbelts in the car, so why don’t we buckle up for a potential Nipah pandemic?” asks Stanford’s Stephen Luby, CEPI tweets.
 
For more updates, check out #NipahAt20 on Twitter.

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