OSU Researcher Touts New Epidemic-Tracking Software

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A map created at supramap.org. In the image, shifts are indicated by colors of various lineages of avian influenza (H5N1) as the virus spreads over time, space, and geography.(Photo: www.supramap.org)
A map created at supramap.org. In the image, shifts are indicated by colors of various lineages of avian influenza (H5N1) as the virus spreads over time, space, and geography.(Photo: www.supramap.org)

A researcher at Ohio State University says he’s developed a one-of-a-kind software to help doctors better-track fast-spreading epidemics and diseases.

Daniel Janies says his SupraMap program lets doctors around the globe view and input information that can be seen nearly instantly and reconstructed by other doctors.

It’s also simple enough to be used by non-medical professionals.

It uses the Google Earth software to gives users a three-dimensional view of the globe that shows the point of origin and host type of every type of a particular strain or infection, like the H1N1 strain.

Click here to hear a full discussion with Daniel Janies.

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