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WSU flu outbreak provides rare study material

Elissa Schwartz
Elissa Schwartz

In 2009, WSU took on the national distinction of having one of the first and largest H1N1 outbreaks at an American college. The epidemic gave Elissa Schwartz, an assistant professor of both math and biological sciences, an ideal phenomenon for scientific study. Using a trove of data gathered during the outbreak in Pullman, Schwartz has gained insight into how only a few infected people could launch the virus’s rapid spread across the university community.

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