One person on a bus infected 23 others, probably through the air during a 100-minute trip. A/C was on with recirculation. Infected people were randomly scattered throughout the bus, not just near the index case.
Fascinating details of the hardware behind “number stations”, the mysterious radio stations broadcasting streams of numbers in a monotone. One example of their use is the story of Gabriele Gast: ‘After agreeing to help [the Stasi], Gast very soon found herself sent on an intensive spycraft course, including hands-on training with the latest in covert communications equipment. She was given a Stasi code name, “Gisela”, which came with a false passport and a new handbag, incorporating a well concealed secret compartment. Back home in Aachen, every Tuesday evening at the same time she tuned into a shortwave radio station from East Germany and carefully wrote down a long line of numbers, read out in a monotone, without further elaboration, by a “radio presenter”. When she decrypted the messages from Schmidt she found some were instructions while others were simply encouraging love messages.’