Sunday, February 10, 2013

Modern-Day Typhoid Marys

A nice article on superspreaders from Slate magazine a few weeks back.

Modern-Day Typhoid Marys: Superspreaders can turn a minor outbreak into a pandemic.

Key to the disease’s spread, researchers found, was a small but crucial portion of the population that became known as “superspreaders,” people who transmitted the infection to a much greater than expected number of new hosts. The more scientists learn about superspreaders, the more they are beginning to realize that this tiny segment of the population is the driving force behind the emergence and spread of infectious diseases.

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