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Understanding spread of a deadly disease

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A fruit bat in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. Fruit bats are the principal animal hosts for Nipah virus, but the virus sometimes spreads to pigs and other animals, as well as humans.

Anton Croos / Art of Photography
May 9, 2019

The deadly Nipah virus, which is carried by bats and occasionally infects people, is more likely to be transmitted from person to person when the infected patient is older, male and/or has breathing difficulties, according to a study coauthored by Stanford epidemiologist Stephen Luby.

Read study press release produced by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Read about related Nipah research by Luby, who is also a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

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