Airports that speed germs’ spread

Scientists identify which U.S airports are able to spread disease most effectively

By Stephen Ornes, 15:51 PM August 13, 2012

Imagine if you were an infectious disease, like the flu or chicken pox. To keep yourself alive, you’d want to infect as many people in as many places as possible. And inside those people, you’d want to grow, divide and multiply. To accomplish all of this, you would need a plan.

Now, you’ve got one: Start at an airport in New York City or Los Angeles.

In a July scientific journal, a team of researchers reports that busy, well-connected hubs in these two cities are the best U.S. airports f...

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