H1N1 racks up frequent flier miles

H1N1 racks up frequent flier miles

Analyzing global flights may help researchers track pandemics

By Laura Sanders, 14:45 PM June 30, 2009

H1N1 didn’t have a ticket to ride, but that didn’t stop the virus from tagging along on airplane trips around the world. Scientists report online June 29 in The New England Journal of Medicine that they’ve compared flight data with H1N1 influenza infections, and such flight patterns could help public health workers understand how pandemics extend their reach.

“If we can understand the laws and rules of how people move from place to place, we can understand how infectious diseases travel the...

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