The flu isn’t alone: All infectious diseases might be seasonal, according to a new report.
The transition from winter to spring signals the end of months of cold snaps, sweater weather, and flu season. But even as the roads clear and flowers bloom anew, it may not yet be time to shelve your sick days for the year.
According to a new article, published today in the journal PLoS Pathogens, all infectious diseases may be seasonal—and there’s at least one for every time of the year.
Study author Micaela Martinez, an infectious disease ecologist at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, presents a compendium of 69 infectious diseases that run the gamut from rare to common, neglected to notorious, innocuous to deadly. Despite their differences, all the syndromes have one thing in common: They rise and fall with changing seasons.
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