Scientists from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness for Innovation (CEPI) have warned of the danger of a deadly new pandemic.
Researchers called the Nipah virus transmitted by fruit bats extremely dangerous. Pigs eating vector-contaminated fruit are also carriers.
Mortality rates for Nipah virus infection have been reported to be 40 to 75 percent.
Discovered in 1999 in Malaysia, the disease can cause severe brain swelling, seizures, and vomiting.
Scientists have noted the disease’s long incubation period of 45 days and the high likelihood of mutations in the virus. Experts fear it could spread quickly in Southeast Asian countries.
The Nipah virus is on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list of 16 priority pathogens for research and development because of its ability to cause a pandemic. In addition to it, the list includes COVID-19, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, Ebola, Lassa, Rift Valley, Zika virus, and others.
Earlier, a team of WHO experts visited China to determine the causes of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. According to one of the team members, Peter Daszak, the coronavirus was very likely transmitted to humans from bats.