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All infectious diseases likely to be seasonal

November 9, 2018

Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Micaela Martinez, gathered data for 69 infectious diseases from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and peer-reviewed journal articles. She then mapped the time of year when outbreaks tended to occur, ranging from common infections to rare tropical diseases.

As reported in the journal PLOS Pathogens, she found that in a given year, flu outbreaks occur in the winter, chicken pox in the spring and polio and gonorrhea in the summer.

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