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Brain-swelling virus 75x deadlier than Covid may be next pandemic, top doc warns

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A top scientist has warned that the next deadly disease to rip through the world could swell the human brain – and is 75 times more deadly than coronavirus.

The Nipah virus could be ‘The Big One’ and may trigger another global outbreak, one leading doctor predicts.

First detected in 1999 in Malaysia, leading doctors says seizures and vomiting are just some of the symptoms.

Dr Rebecca Dutch, chair of the University of Kentucky's department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, has sounded a grim warning as Covid continues to rage.

She fears it is “extremely likely” we will see more virus grip the globe in the future.

The expert told Sun Online that although there are no current Nipah outbreaks reported, it is worrying and that it is just one of a number of diseases we must watch out for.

It has also been named by the World Health Organisation as one of the 16 potential next viruses to hit.

She told the publication: “Nipah could absolutely be the cause of a new pandemic. Several things about Nipah are very concerning.

“The mortality rate for this virus is between 45 per cent and 75 per cent depending on the outbreak – so this is much higher than Covid-19. Nipah has been shown to transmit through food, as well as via contact with human or animal excretions.

“The incubation period for Nipah can be quite long, and it can be unclear if transmission can occur during this time.”

Her prediction comes after Bill Gates warns of next two disasters facing world after predicting Covid outbreak.

In 2015, he warned the world was unprepared for the next epidemic and five years later millions of people were hit with coronavirus.

He predicted the spread of the virus, saying "people will feel well enough while they're infectious that they get on a plane or they go to a market".

The Microsoft boss' latest prediction has a bleak outlook, as he believes the greatest threats to humanity comes down to climate change and bioterrorism, outside of Covid.

Gates gave a TED talk, called, 'The Next Outbreak? We're Not Ready'.

At the time, he said: "If anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades, it's likely to be a highly infectious virus rather than a war.

"Not missiles, but microbes."

Appearing on YouTube channel Veritasium, alongside host Derek Muller, the chief said: "There's no good feeling that comes with something like this saying 'I told you so'.

"Could I have been more persuasive? There are a number of respiratory viruses and from time to time one will come along.

"Respiratory diseases are very scary because you're still walking around on a plane, a bus when you're infectious. Unlike some other diseases like Ebola where you are mostly in a hospital bed by the time viral load infects other people."

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