A team of researchers at one of the top universities in America, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), found several International airports in America have a significant impact for spreading disease. The research work was conducted at MIT’s Civil and Environmental Engineering department and crunched data from 40 largest airports in America.
MIT’s researchers have created a very complex network system to study the contagion patterns such as using the geographic locations of airports. By applying several mathematical models, researchers were able to look into the first few days of an epidemic and later show the worldwide spread of disease. The study will help health experts to determine a way to distribute vaccines in the first few days of contagion and will help to treat people better and faster.
New York City JFK International Airport is ranked first among several major airports that could spread a disease very fast in the event of an outbreak. Los Angeles grabbed the number two spot. At third spot was Hawaii’s Honolulu airport. Other airports that were on the list include San Francisco, Newark, Chicago (O'Hare), Washington (Dulles), Atlanta and Boston's Logan.
(Image: New York JFK International Airport)