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Dengue modeling portal developed in Malaysia
June 21st, 2013 by Susan Smith
In an effort to stem the tide of dengue cases by monitoring he Ministry of Health in Malaysia launched a GIS-based web portal called I-Dengue, which is designed to provide the public with the latest information on dengue hotspots and how to prevent contracting the disease. This will also help officials to respond to and monitor the disease, and hopefully will assist in its control.
Official reports cited the rising number of dengue cases from 10,352 with 19 deaths recorded from January to June, 2012 to 10,401 cases with 20 deaths in the same period, this year.
Each week the website will be updated, and the government hopes that with this information the public will be able to fight against the disease more effectively. According to a press release issued by Asia Pacific Future Gov, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam said the website was developed using remote sensing technology and GIS, so that users can easily locate high-risk areas for dengue outbreaks. By doing so, the Minister says local authorities and the general public can mobilize community efforts to come up with early intervention measures.