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Risely, A., Hoye, B. J. & Klaassen, M. (2018). Why we shouldn't be too quick to blame migratory animals for global disease. The Conversation, 3 January 1-4.

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The Conversation


Have you ever got on a flight and the person next to you started sneezing? With 37 million scheduled flights transporting people around the world each year, you might think that the viruses and other germs carried by travellers would be getting a free ride to new pastures, infecting people as they go. Yet pathogenic microbes are surprisingly bad at expanding their range by hitching rides on planes. Microbes find it difficult to thrive when taken out of their ecological comfort zone; Bali might just be a tad too hot for a Tasmanian parasite to handle.