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Public transport won't give you the flu!

Written by Admin |Published : June 7, 2013 3:46 PM IST

Doctors suggest that, in spite of popular belief, people who use public transport are no more likely to catch flu than those who drive or cycle. In fact, people who do not take public transport are slightly more likely to catch it than the poor souls who cram themselves into trains and buses every morning, according to a research. A survey of nearly 6,000 British people undertaken by doctors from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that there was absolutely no indication that buses and trains are the hotbed of viruses they are often thought to be, the Independent reported. Dr Alma Adler, a researcher in the field of infectious diseases, said that the results discount [an] age old myth .

Intuitively it might not be what you d expect, she said. But how often does someone actually sneeze in your face on the Tube? It s believed the droplets of flu in the air are a less effective way of spreading the disease than touching - and people don t do much face-to-face interaction on public transport, she added.

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Communicable, infectious or transmissible diseases are diseases that can spread from one organism to another. They are caused by pathogens which include viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, etc. Communicable diseases are the most dangerous form of diseases because of the way they can spread inter and intra-species. Tuberculosis, bronchitis, pneumonia, malaria, HIV-AIDS are some of the more common infectious diseases. The number of deaths from infectious diseases has gone down tremendously over the centuries thanks to advancement in vaccines and some like small pox have been complicatedly eradicated.

Source: ANI

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