• Pathogen airports

    Like people, contagious diseases use airports to jump around the world.
    Photo illustration by Juanes Research Group (USA)
    Date:1 February 2013 Tags:, , , , ,

    Like people, contagious diseases use airports to jump around the world. MIT researchers this year published results from an air-travel model determining which US airports would be the major hubs during an outbreak’s initial stages. – Alex Hutchinson and Joe Pappalardo

    Honolulu International
    Honolulu

    This hub came in at No 3 on the list. Reasons: the Pacific is home to many emerging diseases, and the airport is a pass-through for travellers to and from far-flung Pacific nations.

    O’Hare International
    Chicago

    Notorious for flight delays, O’Hare presents a higher risk of infection because of travellers spending extended periods together in the airport.

    Hartsfield-Jackson International
    Atlanta

    There is more to the list than passenger volume. Atlanta’s airport boasts America’s highest number of passengers but ranks only eighth on MIT’s list.

    John F Kennedy International  
    New York

    Ranks No 1 as a “super spreader” in part because travellers using the airport tend to stay in the area longer between flights, increasing possible exposure to disease.

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