The teachers were fully occupied with packing up and making other necessary preparations for the departure of those girls who were fortunate enough to have friends and relations able and willing to remove them from the seat of contagion.
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Following the French Revolution, a contagion of upheaval spread across Europe.
One of the tragedies for AIDS patients is the irrational fear of contagion through casual contact.