In a security scenario-planning exercise, Sulzhan Bali and a group of colleagues anticipated the economic toll of a Nipah outbreak, spurred by fear and misinformation. That scenario is becoming a reality in Kerala, where the Nipah virus outbreak has now killed 16, false…

If humanity is lucky, the next flu virus with pandemic potential will unfold somewhere quick to catch and contain the threat—a country with a strong public health service and well-stocked hospitals.