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Monday, August 20, 2012

Tracking Disease via Air Travel and other Health GIS News

Researchers have developed "a user-friendly Web-based GIS tool: the Vector-Borne Disease Airline Importation Risk Tool (VBD-AIR), to help better define the roles of airports and airlines in the transmission and spread of vector-borne diseases." 

It uses spatial data buit on modeled global disease and vectro distribution and takes into account climate and air network traffic. From that it creates a relative risk metric.

Results: The VBD-AIR tool constructed enables the user to explore the interrelationships among modeled global distributions of vector-borne infectious diseases (malaria.
dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya) and international air service routes to quantify seasonally changing risks of vector and vector-borne disease importation and spread by air travel, forming an evidence base to help plan mitigation strategies. The VBD-AIR tool is available for testing at

- 7th Space

KCUR in Kansas City is covering the outbreak of whooping cough in the area - complete with details of its spread in Kansas and Missouri. There's even a detailed map of the regional cases. The Google My Map is clearly the default tool for quick and dirty mapping for media outlets. Will Esri, with its longtime focus on health GIS gain any ground here?


A coalition called Mayors Against Illegal Guns on Thursday released a map revealing how many mental health records each state has reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

The goal is to get more states to do more reporting such that incidents such as VA Tech can be prevented.

- The Oregonian

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/20 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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