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Cautionary Tale of the Nipah Virus and the Need for Science

  1. Feb 25, 2017 #1

    jedishrfu

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  3. Feb 25, 2017 #2
    That is actually really interesting. Thanks for sharing it!
     
  4. Feb 25, 2017 #3

    jedishrfu

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    It was the basis for the movie Contagion starring Matt Damon and bunch of other big name stars.

    The thing I thought was curious is how they used some simple notions to identify the hosts namely that only non-muslim people got the disease ruling out mosquitos as the carrier and then were able to focus on the pigs.

    There's a related article published a few days earlier on how tourism can give rise to pandemics because of the exotic places they visit. In one instance a beautiful cave system in Indonesia is a popular place loaded with bats, guano and roaches where researchers discovered 15 known viral pathogens and 48 unknown ones. Yikes!

    http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsan...-next-pandemic-could-be-dripping-on-your-head
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2017
  5. Mar 2, 2017 #4
    Wow! Is this the same as "swine flu"?

    Thanks for sharing,
    Teacherman
     
  6. Mar 2, 2017 #5

    jedishrfu

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