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How Cell-Phone Data Could Slow the Spread of Malaria. Location data suggests a better way to fight a disease that kills a million people a year

 
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How Cell-Phone Data Could Slow the Spread of Malaria. Location data suggests a better way to fight a disease that kills a million people a year
Malaria contacts: Tracking people using data from cell phones, like this one used by a man at a Nairobi bus station, can help determine where to focus malaria-control programs.
Alex Kamweru

Researchers have mapped precisely how human travel affects the spread of malaria in Kenya by using cell-phone location data. The effort is the largest-ever to use cell-phone data as an epidemiological tool.

The study captured the anonymized travel habits of nearly 15 million Kenyans between June 2008 and June 2009. Their movements were gleaned from 11,920 cell towers. The data was then mapped against the incidence of malaria as recorded by health officials.

The results made clear that malaria outbreaks during that period began in Kenya's Lake Victoria region and spread east toward the capital of Nairobi. This suggests that health officials could avert transmissions by focusing their efforts in the lake region, says Caroline Buckee, an epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health and one of the authors of the study, which is being published today in the journal Science.

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Re: How Cell-Phone Data Could Slow the Spread of Malaria. Location data suggests a better way to fight a disease that kills a million people a year
how about DDT instead of location tracking?

that's right, "environmentalists".
I'm a Libertarian Constitutionalist.

I don't give a shit what you do with your own life, whether you make it a success or a failure, that is an outcome of the choices you make, but please take responsibility for yourself and don't make ME pay for YOUR choices and we're all good.

Repeal the 17th Amendment and the Apportionment Act of 1911!

Thread: First steps down the road to a return to the Constitutional Republic that we were intended to be.

Restore the Republic.

It's a flower, not something to be feared.

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Re: How Cell-Phone Data Could Slow the Spread of Malaria. Location data suggests a better way to fight a disease that kills a million people a year
how about DDT instead of location tracking?

that's right, "environmentalists".
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In the 1960s large DDT residues in human tissues and human milk began to be reported, probably from the consumption of food containing traces of DDT.
Red - brown speckles on bird-eggs can reveal presence of the insecticide ddt in the environment. Spraying a marsh to control mosquitoes will cause trace amounts of DDT to accumulate in the cells of microscopic aquatic organisms, the plankton, in the marsh. Americans still consume traces of DDT and its metabolites in dairy products, meat and fish, even though it was banned 38 years ago.

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