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Fear may be able to spread from person to person—just like a virus.
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New York Magazine: Is There An Antidote for Emotional Contagion?
http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2015/04/there-an-antidote-for-emotional-contagion.html

PLoS ONE: Chemosensory Cues to Conspecific Emotional Stress Activate Amygdala in Humans
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0006415

Journal of Marketing Research: What Makes Online Content Viral?
http://journals.ama.org/doi/abs/10.1509/jmr.10.0353?code=amma-site

Scientific American: The Secret to Online Success: What Makes Content Go Viral
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-secret-to-online-success-what-makes-content-go-viral/

Nautilus: Nothing Snowballs Online Like Fear
http://nautil.us/issue/33/attraction/how-ebola-infected-twitter

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GROSS FOOTAGE AND IMAGES

Opening Montage
-Psycho (1960)
-The Shining (1980)
-Airplane! (1980)
-Troll 2 (1990)

Butt Sniff Party
Flickr/Craig Howell

Brady L., 34
Flickr/Hairy Jacques

Image of friends drinking milkshakes
Friends (NBC)

Ebola virus virion
Wikimedia Commons/CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith

Image from Ebola epidemic
CDC/Umid Sharapov, M.D., M.Sc.

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Cockroaches
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Wink
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Bee Fly
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Cough Cough Sniff Sniff
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Slide Whistle Down Fast 01
Freesound/joedeshon

Gross Science is produced by WGBH for PBS Digital Studios

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