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Satellites track snail disease risk

16 February 2015

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Scientists are tracking snails from space in a bid to combat the spread of parasitic disease in Africa.

The satellite information is being used to predict where infections are likely to occur, enabling health agencies to better target their resources.

It is one example of the growing influence of space-borne data in new healthcare applications.

The development was reported at a meeting of American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Jose.

It is not possible, of course, to see individual snails from orbit, but specialists will have a very good idea of where these creatures prefer to be and the conditions under which they will thrive.

Source: BBC News

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