Superspreaders’ Outsized Impact

3% of the people in West Africa’s Ebola 2014-2015 epidemic contributed to nearly 2/3rds of the cases, according to a new PNAS study.
 
The superspreaders were often children under 15 or adults 40-55 who were in the community rather than health care facilities, according to researchers at Princeton, Oregon State University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and other institutions.
 
In future outbreaks, public health officials should ask: “What are the scenarios where superspreading might occur?” said Benjamin Dalziel, an OSU assistant professor and a co-author.
 
Source: The Washington Post 

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