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Empirical evidence for the effect of airline travel on inter-regional influenza spread in the United States.

Authors
  • Brownstein, John S
  • Wolfe, Cecily J
  • Mandl, Kenneth D
Type
Published Article
Journal
PLoS Medicine
Publisher
Public Library of Science
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2006
Volume
3
Issue
10
Identifiers
PMID: 16968115
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We provide the first empirical evidence for the role of airline travel in long-range dissemination of influenza. Our results suggest an important influence of international air travel on the timing of influenza introduction, as well as an influence of domestic air travel on the rate of inter-regional influenza spread in the US. Pandemic preparedness strategies should account for a possible benefit of airline travel restrictions on influenza spread.

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