Disease mapper

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A Disease Mapper is a term used to describe the art of predicting where and when a given disease will start and spread.

  • Input:
    • data on rainfall, temperature, vegetation, etc.
    • combined with satellite imagery (e.g., NASA, Google Maps), databases (e.g., CDC), expertise in a particular disease (e.g., Malaria), etc.
  • Output:
    • current outbreaks of a particular disease
    • predict future ones (where and when)
  • Customers:
    • universities, governments, consultancies, the United Nations, etc.


"Medical geographers" (e.g, Dr. John Snow) drew maps of outbreaks of cholera and yellow fever in 1854.

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