Five myths about outbreaks

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No, closing borders can’t stop the spread of disease.

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1 March 2018 - One hundred years ago, Pvt. Albert Mitchell, an Army mess cook stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., received the first diagnosis of a new strain of influenza that eventually infected approximately 500 million people across the globe - about one-third of the world’s population - and led to at least 50 million deaths, far more than the lives lost in the still-raging World War I. The Spanish flu pandemic brought new urgency to the quest to comprehend infectious diseases and the way they work, but the subject is still beset by scientific challenges and popular misunderstandings. Here are five of the most tenacious ...

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