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Human Networking Theory Gives Picture of Infectious Disease Spread

High school students' interactions provide new look at disease transmission

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Photo of a woman blowing her nose into tissue.

Colds and flu spread like wildfire through groups of people, and through populations. Why?

Credit: Kristen Devlin


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Cartoon entitled Foil the Flu depicting a man poking a needle into a virus.

Researchers are continually seeking new ways to foil flu and other infectious diseases.

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Photo of a matchbox-sized sensor device that records disease-spreading interactions.

Matchbox-sized sensor devices called motes recorded disease-spreading interactions.

Credit: Katrina Voss


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Photo of a man with a cold with a pile of tissues in front of him.

Stand back: if you're in a crowded room, you may soon be awash in viruses--and tissues.

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Illustration of the flu virus and its antibodies.

Graphic showing the flu virus and its antibodies.

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Illustration showing how a flu virus transforms and spreads.

Antigenic shift: how a flu virus transforms and spreads.

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