Although slightly outside of the remit of vaccines, I thought this paper was absolutely fascinating. The last decade has taught us that long-range travel appears to play a very important role in the spread of infectious diseases – and the air transportation network could play a central role in propagating a global pandemic.
Researchers at MIT have calculated how likely each of the US’ 40 largest airports might be to influence the spread of an infectious disease that originated in its host city. Reporting in open access PLOS One, the researchers examined air travel data, travel patterns of individuals, geographical locations of airports and waiting times at connecting airports to simulate the early stages of epidemic spread.
Predicting where and how rapidly an epidemic could spread could help inform us on its mitigation. Researcher Ruben Juanes, said that “the findings could form the basis for an initial evaluation of vaccine allocation strategies in the event of an outbreak.”
So which airports would be the most influential in the early stages of epidemic spread? Click Next to read them all >
5. EWR – Newark Liberty International Airport
5th on the list of the US’ early super-spreaders in Newark Liberty International Airport. The airport handles around 34 million passengers per year. Interestingly, Newark was one of the first airports to offer flu vaccines on the airside of security checkpoints, allowing busy passengers to get the jab after passing through security.