Ebola virus spreads in social clusters

16 diciembre 2014

An analysis of the ongoing Ebola outbreak reveals that transmission of the virus occurs in social clusters, a finding that has ramifications for case reporting and the public health. Prior studies of Ebola transmission were based on models that assumed the spread of infection occurred between random pairs of individuals. However, because transmission of the virus happens most often in hospitals, households, and funeral settings, researchers investigated the possibility of clustered transmission, or spread between individuals in small social groups.