Sunday, March 14, 2004
Tracking Disease Outbreaks from Outer Space
Forecasting the emergence of an infectious disease by coupling local data, such as the ecosystem parameters and disease data, with images from satellites is not a new idea, but the technology is here and works, says this article from RedNova. The approach mixes data from high-tech environmental satellites with old-fashioned, "khaki shorts and dusty boots" fieldwork.
NASA is setting up a satellite-based malaria pilot study in the Mewat region of India. The goal is give warnings of high disease risk in a specific area up to a month in advance in order to prepare vaccination programs and save people and animals.
This overview contains a satellite picture from NASA and selected excerpts of the original article about this method and how it works.
|:: posted by Roland Piquepaille, 12:07 PM