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Disaster lessons learned: Apis mellifera and the art and science of communication

Paula A. Burgess, MD, MPH


Lessons learned from disaster responses often include failure of communication. The author of this editorial is an emergency physician and public health scientist with expertise in disaster response; the author is also an amateur beekeeper. The author whimsically compares and contrasts what honey bees know about communication to what disaster response professionals know. Perhaps, disaster response professionals can learn more about communication from the experts: honey bees.


disaster response, communications, lessons learned, honey bees

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