Airplanes Bearing Unwanted Baggage

Global travel has accelerated the spread of diseases, thanks in large part to air travel—bringing airplanes in for a landing on the list of 100 Objects that Shaped Public Health.

Communicable diseases like SARS, Ebola, avian influenza and Zika virus are all examples of communicable diseases that spread with a boost from air travel. There is an upside for global health, though: Airplanes can also rapidly distribute lifesaving resources to disaster victims and deliver organs to transplant patients.

Check GHN every Wednesday for an up-close look at one of the objects that made the list published by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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