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New Study On Ancient Plague Outbreak Shows How Disease Spread

ScienceNow: Roads and Floods Help Plague Spread
“Coughs and sneezes may spread diseases, but transport routes and wet climates may help spread the plague. That’s the conclusion of a new study that uses a novel analytical approach to track how a plague epidemic moved across China beginning in the mid-19th century. The results pinpoint which environmental and social factors are most important for plague transmission and could help scientists refine disease control measures in the future…” (Randall, 2/11).