Tracing EEE in Florida and other Health GIS News

A new study reveals key information on the patterns of Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEEV) in Florida.

This study demonstrates that in Florida tree plantations are a focus for epizootic transmission of EEEV. It appears both the abundance and proximity of tree plantations are factors associated with increased risk of EEE in horses and therefore humans.

This association helps to explain why there is are spatially distinct differences in the amount of EEE horse cases across Florida.

- 7th Space

A study estimating the death rate from heart and circulatory disease in each electoral ward in England has found that despite considerable improvements since the 1980s, the difference between the wealthiest and poorest communities has widened for people over 65.

Mortality from heart and circulatory disease – the leading cause of death in the UK – declined in most places between 1982 and 2006, but for men and women aged 65 or older, the decline was smaller in the most deprived communities, resulting in a wider gap between rich and poor.

- Science Codex

The University Research Council [Swaziland] is using GIS technology with Google earth in ensuring they are inconstant contact with [Multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis] MDR-TB patients.
According to Nokuthula Mdluli-Kuhlase for URC, the new system is currently being used on 142patients whose locations have been mapped and stored in a data base.
She said a team of medical experts collected the data from the period of July 2011 to September 2012.
Mdluli-Kuhlase said  using this technology, they could  follow up the patient and make sure  they were being cared for.

From what I understand, the patients are wearing GPS devices. The country has the highest TB and HIV globally . Further MDR-TB is on the rise.

- The Observer

Published Monday, November 12th, 2012

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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