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6 de Diciembre 2006

The Malaria Map Project in Google Earth

Malaria in Google EarthResearchers from Kenya and the UK have been conducting a project to map cases of the mosquito borne parasite which causes the disease known as malaria. According to ScienceDaily.com, it has been almost 40 years since the first comprehensive map of malaria risk had been created. Check out the web site for the malaria atlas project (MAP - cute acronym) for more details (including methods of collecting data). The project has published two Google Earth files for two different variants of malaria: Plasmodium falciparum , or Plasmodium vivax . The GE files contain placemarks of the data and they are colored according to how recent the cases were reported. Most recent cases (2001-2006) are colored red, oldest cases are colored green (1984-1990).

This is important data and Google Earth is an excellent way of presenting it. They should take some tips from the Avian Flu outbreak tracker created by Declan Butler from Nature Magazine. The malaria atlas project should put some links back to their web site in the KMZ files and provide some basic information in their placemarks. They also should create a network link so they can update the data without having to republish. But, this is a great first effort, and important resource.

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 6 de Diciembre 2006 a las 08:09 AM

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    Enviado por: Joe at 15 de Enero 2007 a las 01:17 AM

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