New maps show how 1889 Russian flu rode the rails to circle the globe in months

Many people assume that the 2009 H1N1 pandemic spread rapidly across the globe largely due to the sheer number of people hopping onto planes . But more than 120 years ago, trains and ships alone sped the transmission of the 1889 “Russian” flu so that it reached the U.S. 70 days after the virus’ first peak in St. Petersburg and circled the globe in just a few months, according to an new analysis of historic data. [More]



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