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Global Health
July 16, 2019

Containing Nipah Virus Infection

JAMA. 2019;322(3):198. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.8837

Isolating adults with respiratory symptoms resulting from Nipah virus infection may help stem the spread of the virus, a New England Journal of Medicinestudy suggests.

Fruit bats carry the Nipah virus, which periodically causes human outbreaks in South and Southeast Asia. The World Health Organization has identified the virus as a potential public health threat. The study’s authors noted that more than 70% of infected individuals die and that no treatments or vaccines are currently available. Although previous outbreaks have been small, a better understanding of transmission dynamics could help prevent a potential epidemic.