Apps Track Dengue, Zika Cases; Developer Wants Google’s Help To Provide Better Data
New Scientist: Dear Google, please help us use our data to beat dengue and Zika
“…[Steven Barnes, who lives in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur,] has created an app called Fight Dengue that tells users if anyone nearby has the disease. If so, they know they should take extra precautions to avoid being bitten. Barnes built the app for personal use, but it has gathered 400 users since he made it freely available. He has created another app called Fight Zika to track the disease currently sweeping through South America, and plans to create one for malaria. … But Barnes wants to make them a more powerful tool for preventing disease by using information about where people have been to pinpoint where people are getting infected. To do that, he’s calling on Google to help…” (Le Page, 3/30).