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Mass transportation provides ideal conditions for disease to spread

twoMass transportation is most probable path for future pandemics. The need for better hygiene is needed. A few studies below support this and are worth taking the time to have a look at.

A measles infection at Kansai International Airport in Japan has recently created concern. Thirty-two employees were found to be infected with measles, creating risk for other employees and travelers alike, who if infected could carry the disease to faraway places. It’s important to recognize the outbreak of illness to keep it from spreading.

The air quality in mass transport buses, especially air-conditioned buses may affect bus drivers who work full time. Microbial air quality in mass transport buses and work-related illness among bus drivers of Bangkok Mass Transit Authority is a study where bus numbers 16, 63, 67 and 166 of the Seventh Bus Zone of Bangkok Mass Transit Authority were randomly selected to investigate for microbial air quality. The standard deviation of the buses studies indicated they had elevated fungal and bacterial counts.

Bacterial contamination on touch surfaces in the public transport system and in public areas of a hospital in London aimed to investigate bacterial contamination on hand-touch surfaces in the public transport system and in public areas of a hospital in central London. The researchers concluded hand-touch sites in London are frequently contaminated with bacteria and can harbor MSSA, but none of the sites tested were contaminated with MRSA. The significance and impact noted is “hand-touch sites can become contaminated with staphylococci and may be fomites for the transmission of bacteria between humans. Such sites could provide a reservoir for community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) in high prevalence areas but were not present in London, a geographical area with a low incidence of CA-MRSA.”

The Role of Human Transportation Networks in Mediating the Genetic Structure of Seasonal Influenza in the United States highlight the importance “of utilizing host movement data in characterizing the underlying genetic structure of pathogen populations and demonstrate a need for a greater understanding of the differential effects of host movement networks on pathogen transmission at various spatial scales.”

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