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What India Learned from Mapping Health Clinics and other Health GIS News

Wednesday, December 12th 2012
By Adena Schutzberg

The Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH) which had been asked to asked by [sic] the government to do GIS mapping of all primary health centres and suggest locations for new PHCs to cater to increase in population, has recommended that every industrial cluster like JDIC area should have primary health centres with special focus on occupational health. 
Revealing this to TOI, IIPH Director, Dileep Mavlankar says all the government medical colleges should also have at least one occupational health specialist each, who can be consulted for patients reporting in PHCs with occupational diseases or accidents.
So, in this case, the mapping project suggests more clinics are needed. I suspect that common in other countries, too.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Taiwan continually focuses on disease prevention, quarantine, and surveillance to meet the needs of disease control - in particular dengue fever.

In order to take control of the epidemic throughout the country, the project aims to help CDC develop an epidemic situation management system by means of sever GIS software, store information of the infected patients and locations where dengue fever occurred, understand epidemic situation in each district, and then clearly distinguish whether the dengue fever is mainly caused by vector mosquito habitats.

Details on the tech, if not the impact of it, are available from Super Geo Technologies, the tech provider.

- press release

Abstract submissions for URISA's GIS in Public Health Conference will be accepted until January 31, 2013.

- press release

Clostridium difficile, which was responsible for a spate of hospital deaths between 2003 and 2007 and infected more than 24,000 patients last year, is one of the most feared hospital bugs.

Now for the first time scientists have traced the epidemic to its outbreak using genetic techniques to reconstruct its path across the world.

The map, published in the journal Nature Genetics, shows how two strains originated in North America and were soon transmitted to Europe.

How did they do it? They used DNA samples of those afflicted worldside to track where the bug had become resistant to drugs. The technique may be used to track other outbreaks.

- The Telegraph

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