Understanding the Human-to-Human Transmissibility of Nipah Among the several emerging infectious diseases that the world faces, Nipah virus is of particular concern. This RNA virus that originates in bats has caused sporadic outbreaks in several Asian countries, resulting in severe disease and death with mortality rates reaching 70%. Bangladesh is one of the countries that regularly reports Nipah cases. While largely considered a zoonotic disease with poor human-to-human transmissibility – the prerequisite for a pandemic – it is not exclusively so. A new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, aims to identify risk factors for human-to-human transmission in Bangladesh. Read now