A pandemic problem with public transport

Benjamin C Cowie
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb02790.x
Published online: 7 September 2009

To the Editor: The increasing overcrowding on public transport, particularly trains, in many Australian cities makes for considerable discomfort. As the problem deteriorates, concerns about attributable illness and even death have been raised.1 Overcrowding on public transport also contributes to the spread of respiratory diseases such as influenza (pandemic or otherwise).2

  • Benjamin C Cowie1,2

  • 1 Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, Melbourne, VIC.



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