Wet climate and transportation routes accelerate spread of human plague.

  title={Wet climate and transportation routes accelerate spread of human plague.},
  author={Lei Xu and Leif Christian Stige and Kyrre Linn{\'e} Kausrud and Tamara Ben Ari and Shuchun Wang and Xiye Fang and Boris V. Schmid and Qiyong Liu and Nils Chr. Stenseth and Zhibin Zhang},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={281 1780},
Currently, large-scale transmissions of infectious diseases are becoming more closely associated with accelerated globalization and climate change, but quantitative analyses are still rare. By using an extensive dataset consisting of date and location of cases for the third plague pandemic from 1772 to 1964 in China and a novel method (nearest neighbour approach) which deals with both short- and long-distance transmissions, we found the presence of major roads, rivers and coastline accelerated… CONTINUE READING
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