Environment: Cholera Bomb

Can aircraft spread disease?

In recent years European public health officials have been puzzled by a number of cholera outbreaks in areas where the disease is usually unheard of. Several such cases occurred in Czechoslovakia, Portugal and northern France; one even involved a woman, 65, who had never left her village and could not have had contact with any cholera carriers. Now a British researcher offers a novel explanation for these mysterious outbreaks. Writing in the British Journal of Hygiene, Dr. Charles Rondle and his colleagues at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine suggest that the cholera came, literally, out...

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