• Question: What is the worst spreading disease you have researched.

    Asked by Phoebe to Kate on 2 Mar 2020.
    • Photo: Kate Mitchell

      Kate Mitchell answered on 2 Mar 2020:


      I’ve researched four infectious diseases – a parasitic infection called schistosomiasis, which is spread by snails, and two sexually transmitted infections – HIV and syphilis. They’re all nasty diseases in different ways – schistosomiasis infects more people (over 200 million people) but HIV causes more deaths (770000 in 2018).

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