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Computer Algorithm Using Dengue Case Reports From Telephone Hotline Predicts Outbreaks, Study Shows

Thomson Reuters Foundation: In first, scientists use phones to track dengue outbreaks in poor nations
“Researchers have developed a new method to pinpoint outbreaks of dengue fever by tracking phone calls to public health hotlines, a team of scientists said on Friday. Analyzing patterns of calls in Pakistan’s Punjab region, the researchers forecast suspected dengue cases up to two weeks ahead of time with block-by-block accuracy, the researchers said in a study published in the journal Science Advances…” (Malo, 7/8).

VOA News: Telephone Hotline in Pakistan Predicts Dengue Outbreaks
“…Researchers have created a computer algorithm that uses hotline reports from the public to help forecast the number of dengue cases, two to three weeks before there’s an actual outbreak. By knowing how many people could become infected, public health officials can take preventive measures to limit the impact of dengue on a community. Lakshmi Subramanian, a professor of mathematical sciences at New York University, said the computer model is extremely accurate…” (Berman, 7/8).

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