How flu viruses use transportation networks in the U.S.

PBEE graduate student, Brooke Bozick, and her advisor, PBEE faculty member, Dr. Les Real, published their analysis of transportation data and flu cases in PLOS Pathogens. Their results mark the first time genetic patterns for the spread of flu have been detected at the scale of the continental United States.

“We found that the spread of a flu epidemic is somewhat predictable by looking at transportation data, especially ground commuter networks and H1N1,” says Brooke Bozick, who led the study as a graduate student in Emory’s Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution program. “Finding these kinds of patterns is the first step in being able to develop targeted surveillance and control strategies.”

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