The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a new interactive web tool—the NCHHSTP Atlas—that allows users to create maps, charts, and tables using HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted disease (STD) data collected by CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP).
Amont other things it offers data for a number of diseases (AIDS, HIV, Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and primary and secondary syphilis and more to come), for a number of years (2000-2009) and unlike other visualization tools, is powered by GIS (ArcGIS for Flex).
A Legionnaire's disease outbreak popped up in Wisconsin. But geography came to the rescue, as did good surveillance. Thomas Haupt an epidemiologist for the Wisconsin Division of Public Health explains how it was tracked to a hospital waterfall.
Well, it started off with our routine surveillance for Legionnaires' disease in Wisconsin. We did notice that within a four week period in this small area we had at least eight cases of Legionnaires' disease. Our follow-up is to ask questions as to where they may have been in the 10 days prior to their onset of illness. At least six of the patients identified that they had been in one particular hospital.
On Curacao a GIS is helping health workers keep track of efforts to minimize dengue fever, reports of breeding grounds and the levying of fines against those not taking care in prevention.