December 31, 2012

Superspreaders Can Turn Disease into Pandemic

Carrie Arnold, Slate

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If germs hung a recruiting sign for their hosts, it would probably be a version of the World War I poster of Uncle Sam pointing: We want YOU to help us reproduce. All hosts were equally eligible for service, infectious-disease researchers thought. Assuming the recruits weren’t immune due to a prior infection or vaccination, anyone should have roughly the same potential to spread a disease’s pathogens.

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TAGGED: Superspreaders, SARS, Infectious Disease